Grimoire

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A name used for a book of magic. Pronounced "grim-war" (rhymes with guitar). The word is a corruption of grammar, suggesting an origin in a time of widespread illiteracy, when any book could be suspected of containing instructions for magic.

Magical tomes are a common feature of fantasy literature and role-playing games.

An example of a fictional grimoire is the Necronomicon.

See also: rune, talisman.