Meaning of medicine man

med'icine man"

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  1. (among North American Indians and some other aboriginal peoples) a person believed to possess magical or supernatural powers; shaman.
  2. a seller of patent medicine, esp. before 1900, presenting a medicine show to attract customers.
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