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A social or religious custom prohibiting or restricting a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing. The word comes (in the late 18th century) from Tongan tabu ‘set apart, forbidden’, and was introduced into English by Captain Cook in A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean (1784).

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