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grimalkin

[gri-mal-kin, -mawl-] /grɪˈmæl kɪn, -ˈmɔl-/
noun
1.
a cat.
2.
an old female cat.
3.
an ill-tempered old woman.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; apparently alteration of gray + malkin, diminutive of Maud proper name; see -kin
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British Dictionary definitions for grimalkin

grimalkin

/ɡrɪˈmælkɪn; -ˈmɔːl-/
noun
1.
an old cat, esp an old female cat
2.
a crotchety or shrewish old woman
Word Origin
C17: from grey + malkin
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Word Origin and History for grimalkin
n.

1620s, name given to a cat (cf. Shakespeare's Gray-Malkin, in "Macbeth," 1605), hence any cat, especially an old she-cat; from gray + Malkin, diminutive of fem. proper name Matilda or Maud.

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