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Magpie

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A contraction of magotpie, or magʹata-pie. “Mag” is generally thought to be a contraction of Margaret; thus we have Robin red-breast, Tom-tit, Philipi.e. a sparrow, etc.

“Angurs and understood relations have

(By magotpies, and choughs, and rooks) brought forth

The secretʹst man of blood.”


Magpie. Here is an old Scotch rhyme:


“One’s sorrow, two’s mirth,

Three’s a wedding, four’s a birth,

Five’s a christening, six a dearth,

Seven’s heaven, eight is hell,

And nine’s the, devil his ane selʹ.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Magnificat
Magnificent (The)
Magnifique … Guerre
Magnolia
Magnum Opus
Magnum of Port (A)
Magnus Apollo (My)
Mago the Carthaginian
Magophonia
Magot (French)
Magpie
Magricio
Maguelone or Magalona (the fair)
Magus
Mah-abadean Dynasty (The)
Mahabharata
Mahadi or Hakem
Mahâtmas
Mahdi (The)
Mahmoud of Ghizni
Mahmut

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