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obeah

[ oh-bee-uh ]
/ ˈoʊ bi ə /
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noun

a form of belief involving sorcery, practiced in parts of the West Indies, South America, the southern U.S., and Africa.
a fetish or charm used in practicing obeah.

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Origin of obeah

1750–60; compare Gullah, Jamaican English, Guyanan English, Sranan óbia magic, charm; < a West African language, though precise source unclear; compare Twi ɔ-bayifó sorcerer (compound with -fo person), Igbo díbìà folk healer (compound with dí- expert in)
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British Dictionary definitions for obeah

obeah
/ (ˈəʊbɪə) /

noun

another word for obi 2
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