The Nuttall Encyclopedia
solemn prohibition or interdict among the Polynesians under which a particular person or thing is pronounced inviolable, and so sacred, the violation of which entails malediction at the hands of the supernatural powers.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Taboo'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/t/taboo.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.