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mum·bo jum·boor mum·bo-jum·bo (mŭm′bō-jŭm′bō)
n. pl. mum·bo jum·bos or mum·bo-jum·bos
1. Unintelligible or incomprehensible language; gibberish.
2. Language or ritualistic activity intended to confuse.
3. A complicated or obscure ritual.
4. An object believed to have supernatural powers; a fetish.
[From Mumbo-Jumbo, masked dancer described in 18th-century European accounts of the Mandinka, probably from Mandinka maamajomboo, masked dancer with prophetic powers : maama, term of address for a masked dancer + jomboo, ceremony of opening or first use.]
n, pl mumbo jumbos
1. (Alternative Belief Systems) foolish religious reverence, ritual, or incantation
2. (Linguistics) meaningless or unnecessarily complicated language
3. (Alternative Belief Systems) an object of superstitious awe or reverence
[C18: probably from Mandingo mama dyumbo, name of a tribal god]
mum•bo jum•bo(ˈmʌm boʊ ˈdʒʌm boʊ)
n., pl. mumbo jum•bos.
1. meaningless incantation or ritual.
2. senseless or pretentious language, usu. designed to obscure or confuse.
3. an object of superstitious awe or reverence.
[1738; first used in reference to a masked figure among the Malinke of West Africa]
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