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makutu

Line breaks: ma¦kutu
Pronunciation: /məˈkuːtuː
 
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Definition of makutu in English:

noun (plural same)

[mass noun] NZ
1Sorcery; witchcraft.
Example sentences
  • The Urewera, famed all over New Zealand for their skill in makutu practices, often used spittle as a bait.
  • If a woman is sitting in the front, her fertility would be affected by makutu, says Walker.
  • But even modern Maoris don't like to meddle with makutu.
1.1 [count noun] A magic spell.
Example sentences
  • This is necessary, that the makutu may take effect, and the person who stole the flax be discovered.

Origin

Maori.

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