Variant of Magi
plural noun sing. Magus
- members of a priestly caste of ancient Media and Persia
- the wise men from the East (in later tradition, three in number) who came bearing gifts to the infant Jesus: Matt. 2:1-13
Origin: L, pl. of magus < Gr magos < OPers magus (or Iran magu-), member of a priestly caste, magician < IE base *magh-, to be able > might, L machina
- Magian adjective, noun
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