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herbalist, noun

Origin:
EnglishShow more Special sense of general English herbalist ‘one versed in the knowledge of herbs or plants;..a botanist’ (OED).
In African society: one who dispenses or deals in medicinal herbs and other traditional remedies for sickness or misfortune. Also attributive. See also medicine man (medicine sense 2). Cf. bossiedokter, witchdoctor.
Note:
The role of diviner is sometimes erroneously attributed to the herbalist by writers.
[1925 D. Kidd Essential Kafir 134The diviner may send a patient to one of these people, saying that, as his illness is not caused by magic or by ancestral spirits, all that is needed is a course of medical treatment by a herb-doctor.]
1990 R. Malan My Traitor’s Heart 185The classified sections of Soweto’s newspapers carried ads in which ‘traditional healers’ or ‘herbalists’ offered to restore love to the lovelorn, seal homes against evil spirits, thwart the designs of enemies, and cure disease.
one who dispenses or deals in medicinal herbs and other traditional remedies for sickness or misfortune.
Derivatives:
Hence herbalism noun, the art of a herbalist.
1972 Scope 8 Sept. 50No one knows exactly how he made his money. It came from herbalism, from selling magic spells.
1990 Weekly Mail 23 Mar. 11It is the ‘warriors’ in Natal’s civil war..who have turned herbalism into big — but risky — business. No fighter goes into battle without muti.

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