o·be·ah (ōbē-ə) also o·bi (ōbē)
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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