1 [oh-bee; Japanese aw-bee]

1875–80; < Japanese: girdle, gird (v.) Unabridged


2 [oh-bee]
noun, plural obis. Unabridged
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obi1 (ˈəʊbɪ)
n , pl obis, obi
1.  a broad sash tied in a large flat bow at the back, worn by Japanese women and children as part of the national costume
2.  a narrow sash worn by Japanese men
[C19: from Japanese]

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
[of West African origin; compare Edo obi poison]
'obiism or obeah2

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