adjective. forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands.
noun. a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature.
adjective. excluded from use or mention.
noun. an inhibition or ban resulting from social custom or emotional aversion.
Example sentences of the word tabu
This was called "tabu" among Tongans.
2. Noun, singular or mass
Made from the bark of the tabu no ki tree in Southeast Asia, makko is water soluble and naturally combustible.