obeah

[oh-bee-uh]
noun
1.
a form of belief involving sorcery, practiced in parts of the West Indies, South America, the southern U.S., and Africa.
2.
a fetish or charm used in practicing obeah.
Also, obi.


Origin:
1750–60; compare Gullah, Jamaican English, Guyanan English, Sranan óbia magic, charm; < a West African language, though precise source unclear; compare Twi ɔ-bayifó sorcerer (compound with -fo person), Igbo díbìà folk healer (compound with dí- expert in)

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obeah (ˈəʊbɪə)
 
n
another word for obi

obi or obeah2 (ˈəʊbɪ)
 
n , pl obis, obeahs
1.  a kind of witchcraft originating in Africa and practised by some West Indians
2.  a charm or amulet used in this
 
[of West African origin; compare Edo obi poison]
 
obeah or obeah2
 
n
 
[of West African origin; compare Edo obi poison]
 
'obiism or obeah2
 
n

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obeah
"sorcery, witchcraft" among blacks in Africa and the W.Indies, 1760, from a W. African word, cf. Efik (southern Nigeria) ubio "a thing or mixture left as a charm to cause sickness or death," Twi ebayifo "witch, wizard, sorcerer."
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Example sentences
And you got to find out if anybody in she family ever practice obeah.
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