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hoo•doo (hd)
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n.pl. hoo•doos
1.
a. Magic healing and control, especially in African-based folk medicine in the United States and the Caribbean.Also called conjure.
b. A practitioner of hoodoo.
2. Voodoo.
3.
a. Bad luck.
b. One that brings bad luck.
4. Geology A column of eccentrically shaped rock, produced by differential weathering.
tr.v.hoo•dooed, hoo•doo•ing, hoo•doos
1. To practice hoodoo on; affect with a charm or curse.
2. To bring bad luck to.

[Of West African origin, possibly fromVOODOO.]

hoodoo•ismn.
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hoodoo
toadstool-shaped hoodoo Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park, Utah

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