from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Unintelligible or incomprehensible language; gibberish.
- noun Language or ritualistic activity intended to confuse.
- noun A complicated or obscure ritual.
- noun An object believed to have supernatural powers; a fetish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Among the Mandingos of the western Sudan, a bugbear by means of which the women are terrified and disciplined by societies of the men, one of whom assumes a masquerade for the purpose; hence, loosely, any Negro idol, fetish, or bugaboo.
- noun An object of superstitious homage and fear.
- noun Incomprehensible or senseless language, usually intended to avoid answering plainly, confuse a listener, or obscure an issue.
- noun Language so arcane or obscure as to be unintelligible to the listener.
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- noun historical A
deityor other supernatural being said to have been worshipped by certain West African peoples; an idol.
- noun religion Any object of
superstition; religious words and/or actions which are seen as superstitious or fraudulent.
- noun Any confusing or meaningless speech;
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- noun language or ritual causing, or intending to cause, confusion
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[From Mumbo-Jumbo, masked dancer described in 18th-century European accounts of the Mandinka, probably from Mandinka maamajomboo, masked dancer with prophetic powers : maama, term of address for a masked dancer + jomboo, ceremony of opening or first use.]
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Probably from Mandinka maamajomboo ("mask; masked dancer"). What might be possible as well is the occurance of l-vocalization in the words "mumble" and "jumble".
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