noun Classical Mythology.
- a goddess of the earth and Hades, associated with sorcery, hounds, and crossroads.
- a variant spelling of Hecate
- 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.