Definition of inyanga in English:


nounPlural inyangas, Plural izinyanga

South African
  • A traditional healer or diviner, especially one specializing in herbalism.

    • ‘Several readers have sent me a facsimile of a doctor's certificate from an inyanga stating that his patient needs two weeks off from work because of headaches.’
    • ‘The shop has a constant flow of customers, buying items on the instructions of an inyanga, a traditional healer who uses herbal remedies.’
    • ‘Visitors can consult with an inyanga or traditional doctor, at the market.’
    • ‘There are over 1,900 dried herbs in the shop, prescribed by inyangas or traditional healers.’
    • ‘The health authorities in South Africa are beginning to work closely with sangomas and inyangas, the traditional healers, to try to encourage them to get their clients to actually visit hospitals and conventional doctors as well.’
    sorcerer, sorceress, witch, wizard, warlock, enchanter, enchantress, necromancer, spellcaster, druid, shaman, witch doctor, magus, alchemist
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Zulu, ‘doctor, herbalist’.