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Meaning of tabu


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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

  tabu
      adj 1: forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific
             islands [syn: {taboo}, {tabu}]
      2: excluded from use or mention; "forbidden fruit"; "in our
         house dancing and playing cards were out"; "a taboo subject"
         [syn: {forbidden}, {out(p)}, {prohibited}, {proscribed},
         {taboo}, {tabu}, {verboten}]
      n 1: a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South
           Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of
           something because of its sacred nature [syn: {taboo},
           {tabu}]
      2: an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or
         emotional aversion [syn: {taboo}, {tabu}]


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