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[hek-uh-tee; in Shakespeare hek-it] /ˈhɛk ə ti; in Shakespeare ˈhɛk ɪt/

noun, Classical Mythology.
a goddess of the earth and Hades, associated with sorcery, hounds, and crossroads.
(Greek myth) a goddess of the underworld

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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