(||Mag`gio"re) a. [It., from L. major, compar. of magnus great. See Major.] (Mus.) Greater,
in respect to scales, intervals, etc., when used in opposition to minor; major. Moore
(Mag"got) n. [W. macai, pl. maceiod, magiod, a worn or grub; cf. magu to bread.]
1. (Zoöl.) The footless larva of any fly. See Larval.
2. A whim; an odd fancy. Hudibras. Tennyson.
(Mag"got*i*ness) n. State of being maggoty.
(Mag"got*ish), a. Full of whims or fancies; maggoty.
(Mag"got-pie`) n. A magpie. [Obs.] Shak.
1. Infested with maggots.
2. Full of whims; capricious. Norris.
(Ma"ghet) n. [Cf. Fl. maghet maid.] (Bot.) A name for daisies and camomiles of several
(||Ma"gi) n. pl. [L., pl. of Magus, Gr. of Per. origin. Cf. Mage, Magic.] A caste of priests,
philosophers, and magicians, among the ancient Persians; hence, any holy men or sages of the East.
The inspired Magi from the Orient came.Sandys.
(Ma"gi*an) a. Of or pertaining to the Magi.
(Ma"gi*an), n. One of the Magi, or priests of the Zoroastrian religion in Persia; an adherent of
the Zoroastrian religion. Ma"gi*an*ism n.
(Mag"ic) n. [OE. magique, L. magice, Gr. fr. . See Magic, a., and Magi.] A comprehensive
name for all of the pretended arts which claim to produce effects by the assistance of supernatural beings,
or departed spirits, or by a mastery of secret forces in nature attained by a study of occult science, including
enchantment, conjuration, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, incantation, etc.
An appearance made by some magic.Chaucer. Celestial magic, a supposed supernatural power which gave to spirits a kind of dominion over the
planets, and to the planets an influence over men. Natural magic, the art of employing the powers
of nature to produce effects apparently supernatural. Superstitious, or Geotic, magic, the invocation
of devils or demons, involving the supposition of some tacit or express agreement between them and
Syn. Sorcery; witchcraft; necromancy; conjuration; enchantment.
(Mag"ic Mag"ic*al) a. [L. magicus, Gr. fr. : cf. F. magique. See Magi.]
1. Pertaining to the hidden wisdom supposed to be possessed by the Magi; relating to the occult powers
of nature, and the producing of effects by their agency.
2. Performed by, or proceeding from, occult and superhuman agencies; done by, or seemingly done
by, enchantment or sorcery. Hence: Seemingly requiring more than human power; imposing or startling