Obeah Definition

ōbē
obeahs, obis
noun
A form of religious practice involving magic or witchcraft, that originated in W Africa and is now found in parts of the West Indies, South America, and the S U.S.
Webster's New World
An object, charm, or fetish used in the practice of this belief.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Obeah

Noun

Singular:
obeah
Plural:
obeahs

Origin of Obeah

  • Origin uncertain. Apparently from a Caribbean creole, probably ultimately from a West African language. The OED points to Igbo abià (“knowledge, wisdom"), obìa (“doctor, healer").

    From Wiktionary

  • West Indian English of West African origin Efik ubio anything noxious, something put in the ground to cause sickness or death, bad omen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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