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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A male shaman or shamanistic healer, especially among Native American peoples.
  • n. A hawker of brews and potions among the audience in a medicine show.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Native American shamanistic healer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a person who professes to cure sickness, drive away evil spirits, and regulate the weather by the arts of magic; a shaman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Among American Indians and other savage races, a man supposed to possess mysterious or supernatural powers: a name used in English to translate various native names.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Native American shaman

Etymologies

Probably a calque of Ojibwe mashkikiiwinini ("doctor"), from mashkiki ("medicine") + inini ("man"). (Wiktionary)

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