Mum"bo Jum`bo (?).

An object of superstitious homage and fear. Carlyle.

The miserable Mumbo Jumbo they paraded.


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Mum"bo Jum"bo (?), n. [Perh. fr. the native name of an African god.]

Among the Mandingos of the western Sudan, a bugbear by means of which the women are terrified and disciplined by societies of the men, one of whom assumes a masquerade for the purpose; hence, loosely, any Negro idol, fetish, or bugaboo.


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