“The earliest citation for this word comes from the Liber Medicinalis , a book written in the late second or early third centuries by Quintus Serenus Sammonicus, physician to the Emperor Caracalla and a follower of the Alexandrian Gnostic teacher Basilides.

Inscribes chartae quod dicitur abracadabra
saepius et subter repetes, sed detrahe summam
et magis atque magis desint elementa figuris
singula, quae semper rapies, et cetera figes,
donec in angustum redigatur littera conum:
his lino nexis collum redimire memento.”

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