The word has a possible origin in Aramaic, where ibra (אברא) means “I have created” and k’dibra (כדברא) means “through my speech”, combining to reveal the creative nature of the spoken word.
Philosophers gathered from far and near
To sit at his feet and hear and hear,
Though he never was heard
To utter a word
But “Abracadabra, abracadab,
Abraca, abrac, abra, ab!”
‘Twas all he had…