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


play \ˈō-bē\

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

Origin and Etymology of obeah

of African origin; akin to Ibo díbìà folk healer

First Known Use: circa 1711

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