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- proper n. In Russian tales, a hag who lives in hut that stands on chicken legs and who flies through the air in a mortar, using the pestle as a rudder.
From Slavic баба (baba, "grandmother"), and Yaga, a probable diminutive of Jadwiga. (Wiktionary)
I see her in my mind, motionless and shriveled in her bed, yet still wicked, like an old, long-nosed witch from a tale of the brothers Grimm, or Baba Yaga from our own folktales, who lives in a hut that is perched on chicken legs.