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root (2)

[cf. Krio rut root medicine KED; probably from plant roots used by a herbalist, with possible semantic influence from Common Bantu *-ganga medicine, and *-ganga root (Carter p.c.)] n herbal medicine or obeah, usually in the phr. do root to practice herbal medicine or obeah: 1966 (Crowley 17). cf. ROOT-DOCTOR (Black)

Tags: bush medicine, noun, Obeah, phrase

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Last update: 2011-11-02 22:20
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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