isichwe, noun

Forms:
Also isicwe.
Origin:
Xhosa
The bulbous plant Ammocharis coranica of the Amaryllidaceae; the bulb sheaths of this plant, used medicinally. Also attributive.
1967 J.A. Broster Red Blanket Valley 127The initiates were taken by their amakhankatha to gather the bulbs of isichwe. These bulbs..belong to the genus Boophane of the family Amaryllidacae. The medical properties of this bulb were known to the Bushmen and Hottentots long before the arrival of the amaXhosa.
1976 S. Fugard Rite of Passage 43Find the bulbs of the isichwe plant. Search for these bulbs. Three or four times the size of an onion.
1989 Weekend Post 9 Dec. 7Soft medicinal leaves (isicwe) used to bind the wound.
The bulbous plant Ammocharis coranica of the Amaryllidaceae; the bulb sheaths of this plant, used medicinally. Also attributive.

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