Definitions starting with O

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obia /ówbiya/ [Pan-Creole; cf. LA Fr. obiah sortilège (Jourdain 1956:297), Cuban Sp. obi brujo (Ortiz 1924:384); cf. Efik ubio a charm, to cause sickness or death, Twi obayi-fo sorcery-man DM; Edo obi poison W3; Akan abayide sorcerer (Hancock 1971:420); Kongo (o)b-bi evil (Carter 1978:37)] n. often attributive, witchcraft: 1918 An obeah baby, a witch baby (Parsons 13).

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Last update: 2010-10-22 19:16
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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