from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology An ancient fertility goddess who later became associated with Persephone as queen of Hades and protector of witches.
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- proper n. The goddess of the night and crossroads, usually associated with witchcraft and sorcery, as well as ghosts and childbirth. Said to reside in Hades.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek myth, a goddess akin to Artemis, of Thracian origin, combining the attributions of Demeter or Ceres, Rhea, Cybele, Artemis or Diana, and Persephone or Proserpine, with whom, as a goddess of the infernal regions, she was to some extent identified, and in this character was represented as practising and teaching through her emissaries sorcery and witchcraft.
- n. The moon personified.
- n. [NL.] In zoology, a genus of Vermes.
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- n. (Greek mythology) Greek goddess of fertility who later became associated with Persephone as goddess of the underworld and protector of witches
'Hecate' -- a wonderfully beautiful thing, but that was also condemned, and sent into banishment.
Terri araising the Ancient One known as Hecate, or alternatively as Terri, in Joburg
In Western mythology, the Moon is called Hecate, the daughter of Perses.
"That Buffy swore an oath to Hecate which is unbreakable and just about now Papa's calling a wedding consultant, " Xander said, -and don't tell me not to make jokes because it's what I do.
The arrival of the "Hecate" relieved the "Vestal," which was ordered to proceed at once to sea.
'' 'Hecate' '' is the [[Greek mythology | Greek]] goddess of the crossroads and is most commonly depicted with three heads
Who: One of the most ancient of goddesses, Hecate survived Zeus's banishment of the rest of her tribe from Olympus and was granted part dominion over the earth, sea, and heavens.
Where: Edmund Wilson's enchanted suburb, Hecate County, is ruled over by housewives who get up to mischief during by day, but welcome their husbands home in the evening, highball in hand.
Resonance: Hecate represents the Roman trivia, or "three ways."
Louis Menand, from the introduction to Memoirs of Hecate County