ixhwele, noun

Forms:
Also ixwele, izhwele.
Origin:
Xhosa
Among Xhosa-speakers: one who dispenses or deals in medicinal herbs and other traditional remedies for sickness or misfortune. See also witchdoctor.
1955 J.B. Shephard Land of Tikoloshe 3‘My father was an Ixhwele (herbalist) and his father too. It is a family profession,’ he replied.
1978 S. Afr. Digest 8 Sept. 20Port Elizabeth witchdoctor Mr Ashley Totana Mashego, a licensed ‘izhwele’, showed some of his wares during a recent lecture.
1983 Fair Lady 2 Nov. 137My father had trained to become ixwele, a herbalist. He knew the land and the herbs.
one who dispenses or deals in medicinal herbs and other traditional remedies for sickness or misfortune.
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