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 Magot (French).Magricio. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Magpie.
 
A contraction of magotpie, or mag’ata-pie. “Mag” is generally thought to be a contraction of Margaret; thus we have Robin red-breast, Tom-tit, Philip—i.e. a sparrow, etc.   1
       
“Angurs and understood relations have
(By magotpies, and choughs, and rooks) brought forth
The secret’st man of blood.”
       
Shakespeare: Macbeth, iii. 4.
   Magpie. Here is an old Scotch rhyme:   2
       
“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 sel’.”
 


 Magot (French).Magricio. 

 
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