cantrip

[ kahn-trip ]
/ ˈkɑn trɪp /
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noun

Chiefly Scot. a magic spell; trick by sorcery.
Chiefly British. artful shamming meant to deceive.

Origin of cantrip

1710–20; apparently dissimilated variant of Old English calcatrippe; see caltrop
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British Dictionary definitions for cantrip

cantrip

/ (ˈkæntrɪp) Scot /

noun

a magic spell
(often plural) a mischievous trick

adjective

(of an effect) produced by black magic

Word Origin for cantrip

C18: Scottish, of unknown origin
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