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taboo

 [tah-boo´]
1. any of the negative traditions, objects, or behaviors generally regarded as harmful to social welfare and therefore prohibited.
2. excluded from use; prohibited.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ta·boo

, tabu (tă-bū'),
Restricted, prohibited, or forbidden; set apart for religious or ceremonial purposes.
[Tongan, set apart]
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taboo

Sociology A culture-specific ban on certain actions–eg, adultery among intimate friends, behaviors–eg, incest and thoughts, the abrogation of which results in reproof, persecution, or exile by members of the group
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ta·boo

, tabu (tab-ū')
Restricted, prohibited, or forbidden; set apart for religious or ceremonial purposes.
[Tongan, set apart]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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The names must refer to things that can be meaningfully tabooed, that is, things people can be prohibited from destroying, consuming, touching, and so on.
As in come, the tabooed conceptual traits have progressively become an integral part in the reference of the word, the sexual taboo will be activated, either consciously or not, in the interpretation of such a term.
Despite their similar morphology, redeye mullet is often mentioned as a tabooed species (Table I).