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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.

ta·boo

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

taboo

[təbo̅o̅′]
something that is forbidden by a society as unacceptable or improper. Incest is a taboo common to many societies.

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

ta·boo

, tabu (tab-ū')
Restricted, prohibited, or forbidden; set apart for religious or ceremonial purposes.
[Tongan, set apart]
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Despite their similar morphology, redeye mullet is often mentioned as a tabooed species (Table I).
A connection between resource conservation and food taboos about certain fish species is unlikely when compared to the possible relations between hunting taboos and conservation of the terrestrial fauna, because the tabooed and avoided fish are abundant on the estuarine region.
Watching or laughing at animals engaged in intercourse is one taboo included in forms of the 'thunder complex' (a series of tabooed acts involving animals thought to precipitate a violent storm) as manifest among the Semang of Malaya, the Iban of Borneo, and Philippines negritos (Blust 1981:296, Forth 1989:102).