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 for Medicine man
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Medicine \Med"i*cine\, n. [L. medicina (sc. ars), fr. medicinus
     medical, fr. medicus: cf. F. m['e]decine. See Medical.]
     1. The science which relates to the prevention, cure, or
        alleviation of disease.
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     2. Any substance administered in the treatment of disease; a
        remedial agent; a medication; a drug; a pharmaceutical; a
        medicament; a remedy; physic.
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              By medicine, life may be prolonged.   --Shak.
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     3. A philter or love potion. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     4. [F. m['e]decin.] A physician. [Obs.] --Shak.
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        (a) Among the North American Indians, any object supposed
            to give control over natural or magical forces, to act
            as a protective charm, or to cause healing; also,
            magical power itself; the potency which a charm,
            token, or rite is supposed to exert.
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                  The North American Indian boy usually took as
                  his medicine the first animal of which he
                  dreamed during the long and solitary fast that
                  he observed at puberty.           --F. H.
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        (b) Hence, a similar object or agency among other savages.
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     6. Short for Medicine man.
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     7. Intoxicating liquor; drink. [Slang]
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     Medicine bag, a charm; -- so called among the North
        American Indians, or in works relating to them.
     Medicine man (among the North American Indians), a person
        who professes to cure sickness, drive away evil spirits,
        and regulate the weather by the arts of magic; a shaman.
     Medicine seal, a small gem or paste engraved with reversed
        characters, to serve as a seal. Such seals were used by
        Roman physicians to stamp the names of their medicines.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  medicine man
      n 1: a Native American shaman

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  20 Moby Thesaurus words for "medicine man":
     charlatan, exorciser, exorcist, horse doctor, medicaster,
     medicine monger, mundunugu, obeah doctor, quack, quacksalver,
     shaman, shamanist, unspeller, voodoo, voodooist, wangateur,
     witch doctor, witch master, witch-finder, witchman

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