inyongo, noun

Origin:
Xhosa, ZuluShow more Xhosa and Zulu.
In Nguni society:
1. A gall-bladder, worn by a diviner as part of his traditional dress.
1962 W.D. Hammond-Tooke Bhaca Soc. 110The groom’s sister and the sister of the bride have a special part to play in these ceremonies. Each wears an inflated inyongo (gall-bladder) and acts ‘just like a witness in a church marriage’.
2. Bile; biliousness.
1966 A.T. Bryant Zulu Medicine 23Practically all those common attacks of passing indisposition..are ascribed by them to the bile (iNyongo), and their first step is to clear the excess of this fluid out of the system.
1968 Post 7 Apr. 12 (advt)Sparkling Eno ‘Fruit Salt’ takes away inyongo in seconds...You can tell how quickly Eno takes away bile by the fresh, clean taste in your mouth.
1971 Drum Jan. 22 (advt)Two-action Master Pills act fast to purify kidneys and blood. They get rid of the inyongo that makes you feel sick and weak.
1984 City Press 29 Aug. 9 (advt)Just one small bottle of Tonika Bile Tonic helps stop that feeling of wanting to be sick. It acts quickly to relieve Inyongo.
A gall-bladder, worn by a diviner as part of his traditional dress.
Bile; biliousness.
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