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obeah

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noun, often capitalized obe·ah \ˈō-bē-ə\

Definition of obeah

  1. :  a system of belief among blacks chiefly of the British West Indies and the Guianas that is characterized by the use of magic ritual to ward off misfortune or to cause harm



Variants of obeah

also obi play \ˈō-bē\

Origin of obeah

of African origin; akin to Ibo díbìà folk healer


First Known Use: circa 1711

Rhymes with obeah



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