One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Among the indigenous peoples of Suriname and other parts of South America: a medicine man, a healer, a shaman.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Harcourt (?1575–1631), colonial adventurer and author. From a northern Cariban language (compare e.g. Macusi piai, Galibi piaye (A. Biet Voyage en Cayenne iii. 385)).
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