obeah

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Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain. Apparently from a Caribbean creole, probably ultimately from a West African language. The OED points to Igbo abià (knowledge, wisdom), obìa (doctor, healer).

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obeah (plural obeahs)

  1. A form of folk magic, medicine or witchcraft originating in Africa and practiced in parts of the Caribbean.