Definition of muti in English:



mass nounSouth African
  • 1Traditional African medicine or magical charms.

    • ‘Although police have not confirmed that the killing was connected to muti, which just means medicine, the incident has had traditional healers scrambling to denounce the practice.’
    • ‘One South African newspaper has even used muti to attempt to counter low staff morale and flagging circulation.’
    • ‘Poisoning of vultures for muti, as traditional medicines are called, has been going on for many years, he said.’
    • ‘That was until members of the African community in London called in to ask the officers if they had heard of muti.’
    • ‘They met the village ‘sangoma’ who fascinated the visitors with her mysterious luck muti, which he suggested the team used before tomorrow's Test.’
    black magic, sorcery, magic, witchcraft, wizardry, necromancy, enchantment, spellworking, incantation, the supernatural, occultism, the occult, the black arts, divination, malediction, voodoo, hoodoo, sympathetic magic, witching, witchery
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    1. 1.1informal Medicine of any kind.
      • ‘Brian, an epileptic who kept it under control provided he took his muti, left the Dispatch after a few more years and sadly died some time later when he suffered a serious fit.’
      • ‘The pharmacist gave me a special muti for this.’
      • ‘Firstly, clinicians must be trained to obtain the first available urine specimen from a suspected case of poisoning and to collect also any available muti which has been taken.’
      • ‘Once the muti is obtained, it can be taken in various ways, depending on its form and nature.’
      • ‘Are we all expected to revert to traditional healers for our muti?’


From Zulu umuthi ‘plant or medicine’.