Definitions starting with W

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witch

[OED idem →1801; from the attributive n.] adj. bewitched: 1918 It was a witch cocoanut (Parsons 96). (Inagua, San Sal.)

-n. in the phrase: work witch (US Black idem (Smiley 1919:382)) to do magic; to practice witchcraft: 1918 They "work witch" at Nassau (Parsons x). He gota be verkin Hitian vitch (Brown 33). They say you could work witch with the guinea pepper (Nassau). (Black)

Tags: adjective, noun, Obeah, phrase

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Last update: 2010-11-26 04:24
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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