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; akin to 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").