also ta*bu n, pl taboos also tabus 1 : a prohibition in some cultures against touching, saying, or doing something for fear of immediate harm from a mysterious superhuman force 2 : a prohibition imposed by social custom or as a protective measure <the view that incest, not cannibalism, was the world's first -Phyllis Grosskurth> 3 : belief in taboos taboo also tabu adj
, also tabu vt : to avoid or ban as taboo <socially ed sexual practices> .
Similar sounding terms: da·boia DOB tab Tb or TB
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