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Definition of hoodoo noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hoodoo

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈhuːduː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhuːduː//
 
(pl. hoodoos) (especially US English)
 
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a person or thing that brings or causes bad luck Word Origin late 19th cent. (originally US): apparently an alteration of voodoo. It originally denoted a person who practised voodoo, hence a hidden cause of bad luck.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hoodoo