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Hecate

[hek-uh-tee; in Shakespeare hek-it] /ˈhɛk ə ti; in Shakespeare ˈhɛk ɪt/
noun, Classical Mythology
1.
a goddess of the earth and Hades, associated with sorcery, hounds, and crossroads.
Also, Hekate.
Origin
< Latin < Greek hekátē, noun use of feminine of hékatos far-shooting, said of Apollo as sun-god
Related forms
Hecatean, Hecataean, adjective
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Hecate

/ˈhɛkətɪ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a goddess of the underworld
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Word Origin and History for hecataean
Hecate
early 15c., Gk. deity (said to be originally Thracian), an aspect of Artemis, fem. of hekatos "far-shooting." Associated since Shakespeare ("I Henry VI," III.ii.64) with witches and sorcery.
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