jumbie

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Etymology[edit]

From Kongo zumbi (fetish); compare zombie.

Noun[edit]

jumbie (plural jumbies)

  1. (chiefly Caribbean) A ghost or evil spirit.
    Coordinate terms: duppy; see also Thesaurus:ghost
    • 1882, G.H. Hawtayne, “Occasional notes: West Indian Folk-lore”, in Timehri: Being the Journal of the Royal Agricultural and Commercial Society of British Guiana, volume 1, page 145:
      If one wants to see “jumbies” “duppies” ghosts, all that is necessary is to put in your eye the tears from the eyes of a pie-bald horse. It is no use explaining to a negro that what he has taken to be a “jumbie” or apparition, is a tree or rock or other natural object.
    • 1979, Susan Cooper, Jethro and the Jumbie[1], page 5:
      Jethro stomped away up the hill, though the trail was supposed to be haunted by spirits of the dead called jumbies. He didn't care. He didn't believe in jumbies.

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