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Monday word: cantrip

cantrip (kăn′trĭp)
noun:
1. A magic spell.
2. A mischevious trick; a sham.
adj.:
(of an effect) produced by black magic.

Etymology: Scottish, but exact origin unknown.

Not to be confused with caltrop, a device with four spikes which is sometimes used as a hazardm to puncture tires.

Gamers might be familiar with this word, in reference to a self-replacing spell or card.
In Magic: The Gathering, it's a spell that allows you to draw another card as part of its effect.
I play Dominion, which uses the term in reference to action cards that allow one to draw another card and play another action.

Tags: adjective, c, noun, scottish gaelic, wordsmith: ersatz_read
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