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Obeah snake

[cf. OBEAH witchcraft] n. 1. any snake put under a magic spell to guard property against intruders and thieves: 1936 I-Jun peepul is sump'n cud argue 'bout lan'an'put obeah snake in dey flel' an' ting! (Dupuch 53). (Eleu.)

2. [cf. OED snake in the grass treacherous deceiver] a person who uses obeah but pretends he or she does not. (Grand Bah.)

Tags: animal, noun, Obeah

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Last update: 2012-10-21 19:51
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.3

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