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