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o·bi 1

n. pl. o·bis
A wide sash fastened in the back with a bow, worn in Japan as a part of the traditional dress.


o·bi 2

Variant of obeah.
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n, pl obis or obi
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a broad sash tied in a large flat bow at the back, worn by Japanese women and children as part of the national costume
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a narrow sash worn by Japanese men
[C19: from Japanese]


(ˈəʊbɪ) or


n, pl obis or obeahs
1. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a kind of witchcraft originating in Africa and practised by some West Indians
2. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a charm or amulet used in this
[of West African origin; compare Edo obi poison]
ˈobiism, ˈobeahism, ˈobeism n
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(ˈoʊ bi)

n., pl. o•bis, o•bi.
a long, broad sash tied about the waist over a Japanese kimono.
[1875–80; < Japanese: girdle, gird (v.)]


(ˈoʊ bi)

n., pl. o•bis.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - (West Indies) followers of a religious system involving witchcraft and sorcery
cult - followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices
the Indies, West Indies - the string of islands between North America and South America; a popular resort area - a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorceryobi - a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas
cultus, religious cult, cult - a system of religious beliefs and rituals; "devoted to the cultus of the Blessed Virgin"
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