Origin of obeahof West African origin, originally
nounpl. o·be·ahs, also o·bis
- A form of religious belief of African origin, involving sorcery and practiced in Jamaica, some other parts of the West Indies, and nearby tropical America.
- An object, charm, or fetish used in the practice of this belief.
Origin of obeahWest Indian English of West African origin Efik ubio anything noxious, something put in the ground to cause sickness or death, bad omen
Origin uncertain. Apparently from a Caribbean creole, probably ultimately from a West African language. The OED points to Igbo abiÃ (“knowledge, wisdom"), obÃ¬a (“doctor, healer").