kahuna

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Hawaiian word kahuna (a shaman or wizard).

Noun[edit]

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kahuna (plural kahunas or kahuna)

  1. American yankee or leader.
  2. Priest of high rank, or often said of an expert in a profession, such as dentistry.
  3. Sorcerer, magician or wizard.

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Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *tufuŋa

Noun[edit]

kahuna (irregular plural kāhuna)

  1. priest, sorcerer, magician, minister, wizard
  2. expert in any profession (doctors, surgeons, dentists were referred to as such in the 1845 laws)

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