Medicine-man definition

A male shaman or shamanistic healer, especially among Native American peoples.
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A hawker of nostrums among the audience in a medicine show.
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Among North American Indians, etc., a man believed to have supernatural powers of curing disease and controlling spirits; shaman.
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A male shaman or shamanistic healer, especially among Native American peoples.
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A hawker of nostrums among the audience in a medicine show.
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A Native American shamanistic healer.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
medicine-man
Plural:
medicine-men

Origin of medicine-man

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

    From Wiktionary