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noun Irish English.
  1. sorcery; witchcraft; black magic.
  2. an evil spell; hex.
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Origin of pishogue

First recorded in 1820–30, pishogue is from the Irish word piseog charm, spell
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Historical Examples of pishogue

  • And when they were brought out to be burned the woman said, "Bring me out a bit of flax and I'll show you a pishogue."

    Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland, Second Series

    Lady Gregory

  • And the woman put the tongs over the cradle where the baby was sleeping, for that is a pishogue.

British Dictionary definitions for pishogue


  1. Irish sorcery; witchcraft
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Word Origin for pishogue

from Irish piseog, pisreog
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