Definition of inyanga in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪnˈjaŋɡə/ /ɪnˈjɑːŋɡə/

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noun (plural inyangas or izinyanga)

South African
A traditional healer or diviner, especially one specializing in herbalism.
Example sentences
  • The shop has a constant flow of customers, buying items on the instructions of an inyanga, a traditional healer who uses herbal remedies.
  • 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.
  • There are over 1,900 dried herbs in the shop, prescribed by inyangas or traditional healers.


Zulu, 'doctor, herbalist'.

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