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Magica, n. [Med. L., by ellipsis for ars magica. Cf. art magike, s.v. Magike a.] = Magic n. — c1552 Lynd. Mon. 2765.
Zoroastes … fand the art of magica, With naturall science mony ma
1584 Sempill Sat. P. xlv. 324.
The auncient King of Bactria That first inventit magica

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