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date: 25 May 2024

coven. 

Source:
A Dictionary of English Folklore
Author(s):
Jacqueline SimpsonJacqueline Simpson, Steve RoudSteve Roud

In medieval English, this word, a variant of ‘convent’ and derived from Latin conventus, ‘assembly’, had no link to witches; it meant either a gathering of people (number unspecified), or a community of thirteen monks and their abbot, modelled on Christ and his apostles. However, in Scotland from about ... ...

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