obeah

noun, often capitalized
obe·ah | \ˈō-bē-ə \
variants: or less commonly obi \ˈō-bē \

Definition of obeah 

: 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

First Known Use of obeah

circa 1711, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obeah

of African origin; akin to Ibo díbìà folk healer

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