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grimoire

[greem-wahr] /grimˈwɑr/
noun
1.
a manual of magic or witchcraft used by witches and sorcerers.
Origin of grimoire
1850-1860
1850-60; < French, alteration of grammaire ‘grammar’ < Old French gramaire; see grammar
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  • An alternative method provided by the grimoire is to take an unspotted egg, and expose it to the meridian rays of the sun.

    Human Animals Frank Hamel
  • The pretended sorcerers had their "grimoire" and the judges had their sorcerer's code.

    A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
British Dictionary definitions for grimoire

grimoire

/ɡriːmˈwɑː/
noun
1.
a textbook of sorcery and magic
Word Origin
C19: from French, altered from grammairegrammar; compare glamour
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Word Origin and History for grimoire
n.

magician's manual for invoking demons, 1849, from French grimoire, altered from grammaire "grammar" (see grammar). Cf. glamor.

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