hoodoo
Noun

hoodoo

  1. (chiefly, US) A practitioner of voodoo.
  2. (chiefly, US) Supernatural bad luck, or something or someone believed to bring bad luck.
  3. (geology) A tall thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of arid basins and badlands.
    • 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster 2014, p. 71:
      It was even larger than the mirage made it look—a dozen miles across and a thousand feet deep, with fins and towers and hoodoos like observation posts, mesas and minor buttes, springs flowing brightly in the red rock.
Synonyms
  • (spire of rock) tent rock, fairy chimney, earth pyramid
Translations
  • French: cheminée de fée
  • German: Erdpyramide
  • Portuguese: chaminé de fada
  • Russian: худу
  • Spanish: chimenea de hadas
Verb

hoodoo (hoodoos, present participle hoodooing; past and past participle hoodooed)

  1. (transitive) To jinx; to bring bad luck or misfortune to.



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