- 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.
Origin of obeah
Related Words for obeahwitchcraft, abracadabra, necromancy, enchantment, hoodoo, spell, sorcery, divination, alchemy, charm, hocus-pocus, jinx, devilry, witchery, obeah, wizardry, obi, conjuring
Examples from the Web for obeah
Historical Examples of obeah
But the obeah, with a whining plaint, spat away his tobacco-leaf.
And with a formless roar of killing-rage, Stern swung on the obeah, with the rifle.
But already, with a chattering howl, the obeah was running forward.
Obeah, on the other hand, kills only by poison—does not show the blood at all.
Obeah can be worked by either alone, and is not tied to the presence of the snake.
- another word for obi 2
"sorcery, witchcraft" among blacks in Africa and the W.Indies, 1760, from a West African word, e.g. Efik (southern Nigeria) ubio "a thing or mixture left as a charm to cause sickness or death," Twi ebayifo "witch, wizard, sorcerer."