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Cantrip, Cantrap, n. Also: cantryp, -trep, -trop. [Of obscure origin.] A harmful spell or charm. Thow persewing Alexander Thomsoun, mariner, cumand furth of Abirdene to his schip, rann betuixt him and Alexander Fidleris dur, … [and] keist thy cantryps in his way; 1597 Misc. Spald. C. I. 85.
Thow com doun the stair and keist thi cantrappis and witchecraft in hir way; Ib. 89.
Thow keist thy cantrapis and wichecraft on his guidis; Ib. 132.
Thy vytchcraft, cantrepis, and inchantment; Ib. 157; etc.
The said Elspet did cast a cantrep on hir kow, that she wold not eate nor give milk; 1649 Cupar Presb. 147.
She had wronged Thomas Webster … by casting ane cantrop before his doore; 1661 Soc. Ant. XXII. 249.

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