doekum, noun

Forms:
dhukkum, doekomShow more Also dhukkum, doekom, dukum, dukun.
Origin:
Afrikaans, Dutch, MalayShow more Adaptation of Afrikaans doekoem, doekom (Dutch doekoen), from Malay dukun traditional doctor, midwife.
In the Cape Malay community: a traditional healer or medicine man. Cf. slamaaier sense 2.
1963 K. Mackenzie Dragon to Kill 246Maria..insisted on putting some small pieces of rag under Tony’s mattress which she had got from her doekum and which always had a miraculous effect on boils.
1986 A. Adam in Cape Herald 25 Jan. 4They have shown a peculiar blindness to problems which should concern them most, such as..superstitious beliefs such as ‘dukums’ (many Imams are ‘dukums’ themselves).
a traditional healer or medicine man.

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