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o·be·ah(ō′bē-ə) also o·bi (ō′bē)
n. pl. o·be·ahs also o·bis
1. 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.
2. An object, charm, or fetish used in the practice of this belief.
[West Indian English, of West African origin; akin to Efik ubio, anything noxious, something put in the ground to cause sickness or death, bad omen.]
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o•be•ah(ˈoʊ bi ə)
1. a form of belief involving sorcery, practiced in parts of the West Indies, South America, the southern U.S., and Africa.
2. a fetish or charm used in practicing obeah.
[1750–60; ultimately < a West African language; compare Twi ɔ-bayifó sorcerer]
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|Noun||1.||obeah - (West Indies) followers of a religious system involving witchcraft and sorcery|
cult - followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices
|2.||obeah - a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas|
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