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  • n. A mystical power thought to pervade all things.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Magic power believed to be present in all bodies: proposed as a technical term for magic power by J. N. B. Hewitt. It has, however, not come into common use. See wakanda and manito.

Etymologies

Supposedly coined in 1902 by American ethnologist John Napoleon Brinton Hewitt using a Wyandot (Iroquoian) cognate to Mohawk orę́˙naʔ ("inherent power"). (Wiktionary)

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  • dictionary.com entry: "a supernatural force believed by the Iroquois Indians to be present, in varying degrees, in all objects or persons, and to be the spiritual force by which human accomplishment is attained or accounted for."

    February 12, 2009