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cantrip

[kahn-trip] /ˈkɑn trɪp/
noun
1.
Chiefly Scot. a magic spell; trick by sorcery.
2.
Chiefly British. artful shamming meant to deceive.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; apparently dissimilated variant of Old English calcatrippe; see caltrop
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cantrip

/ˈkæntrɪp/
noun
1.
a magic spell
2.
(often pl) a mischievous trick
adjective
3.
(of an effect) produced by black magic
Word Origin
C18: Scottish, of unknown origin
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