Definition of muti in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmuːti


[mass noun] South African
1Traditional African medicine or magical charms.
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  • Poisoning of vultures for muti, as traditional medicines are called, has been going on for many years, he said.
  • One South African newspaper has even used muti to attempt to counter low staff morale and flagging circulation.
  • 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.
2 informal Medicine of any kind.
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  • 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.
  • 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.


from Zulu umuthi 'plant or medicine'.

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