abracadabra

[ab-ruh-kuh-dab-ruh]
noun
1.
a mystical word or expression used in incantations, on amulets, etc., as a magical means of warding off misfortune, harm, or illness.
2.
any charm or incantation using nonsensical or supposedly magical words.
3.
meaningless talk; gibberish; nonsense.

Origin:
1690–1700; < Late Latin, probably < Late Greek, perhaps reflecting recitation of the initial letters of the alphabet; cf. abecedary

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abracadabra (ˌæbrəkəˈdæbrə)
 
interj
1.  a spoken formula, used esp by conjurors
 
n
2.  a word used in incantations, etc, considered to possess magic powers
3.  gibberish; nonsense
 
[C17: from Latin: magical word used in certain Gnostic writings, perhaps related to Greek Abraxas; see abraxas]

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abracadabra
magical formula, 1690s, from L. (Q. Severus Sammonicus, 2c.), from Late Gk. Abraxas, cabalistic or gnostic name for the supreme god, and thus a word of power. It was written out in a triangle shape and worn around the neck to ward off sickness, etc.
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