a bad-tempered, spiteful, woman; shrew.
a woman with magic powers derived from evil sources; witch.
a spiteful fierce-tempered woman
also hell-cat, “volatile woman,” c.1600, from hell + cat.
A volatile and dangerous woman (1605+)
/ˈhɛlɪ/ noun 1. (Greek myth) a daughter of King Athamas, who was borne away with her brother Phrixus on the golden winged ram. She fell from its back and was drowned in the Hellespont See also Phrixus, Golden Fleece
[hel-uh-bawr, -bohr] /ˈhɛl əˌbɔr, -ˌboʊr/ noun 1. any of several plants of the genus Helleborus, of the buttercup family, having basal leaves and clusters of flowers, especially H. niger, the Christmas rose. 2. any of various plants of the genus Veratrum. Compare . 3. any of several poisonous or medicinal substances obtained from these plants. […]
[he-leb-uh-rin, hel-uh-bawr-in, -bohr-] /hɛˈlɛb ə rɪn, ˈhɛl əˌbɔr ɪn, -ˌboʊr-/ noun 1. a colorless, crystalline, water-insoluble, poisonous solid, C 28 H 36 O 6 , obtained from the rhizome and root of certain , and used in medicine chiefly as a purgative.
/ˌhɛlɪˈbɔːriːn/ noun 1. any of various N temperate orchids of the genera Cephalanthera and Epipactis