from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Irish Black magic; sorcery.
  • n. Irish An evil spell; an incantation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. magic, witchcraft; a spell, especially one designed to cause or cure illnesses to man or beast, or to increase or decrease the quantities of farm products such as butter or milk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Witchcraft; incantation; charm.


Irish Gaelic píseog, from Middle Irish pisóc, piseóc.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Irish, from Irish piseog ("witchcraft"), from Middle Irish piseóc, pisóc. (Wiktionary)



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  • var. pishoge

    July 16, 2009

  • "pishogue, usually plural, also pisherogue, fizoge, etc. Ir. Joyce 302; piseog 'witchcraft, sorcery, superstitious acts.' Incredible story, foolish talk; complaint.

    1968 Dillon 138 Fishogues, pisharogues—superstitions about ghosts, fairies, etc.; matters a person complains about. 'Them are only some of your old fishogues.'"
    Dictionary of Newfoundland English

    January 27, 2009

  • I know this word as a superstition, though Wiktionary defines it as witchcraft or a magic spell.

    December 10, 2007