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oba

[aw-buh] /ˈɔ bə/
noun
1.
a hereditary tribal ruler among various peoples in the Benin region of western Africa.
Origin of oba
Edo
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05, oba is from the Edo word ɔ́bá
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  • Yoritomo, having been defeated in a battle against oba Kage-chika, was forced to retreat with six of his followers.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • oba Kagetoki departed, none too pleased with the mission, for he had once been on friendly terms with Yoritomo.

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
British Dictionary definitions for oba

oba

/ˈɔːbɑː; -bə/
noun
1.
(in W Africa) a Yoruba chief or ruler
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