[hek-uh-tee; in Shakespeare hek-it]
noun Classical Mythology.
a goddess of the earth and Hades, associated with sorcery, hounds, and crossroads.
Also, Hekate.

< Latin < Greek hekátē, noun use of feminine of hékatos far-shooting, said of Apollo as sun-god

Hecatean, Hecataean, adjective
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Hecate or Hekate (ˈhɛkətɪ)
Greek myth a goddess of the underworld
Hekate or Hekate

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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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