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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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British Dictionary definitions for hecatean

Hecate

/ˈhɛkətɪ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a goddess of the underworld
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Word Origin and History for hecatean

Hecate

early 15c., Greek deity, daughter of Perseus and Asteria (said to be originally Thracian), later identified as 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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