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A group or gathering of witches who meet regularly; the word is a variant of covin (archaic term for fraud, deception; in Middle English, denoting a company or band), and comes via Old ...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... (Old French covin , ‘company, band’, ultimately from Latin convenire , ‘to assemble’) A group or band of witches. There are commonly 13 to a coven...

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A Dictionary of English Folklore

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2003

... . 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 1500 it was occasionally applied to a witches' meeting, possibly by association with the similar-sounding word ‘covin’, meaning a plot or a group of plotters; in 1662 a Scottish witch, Isobel Gowdie , said in her confession that ‘ther is threttein...

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Dictionary of American Family Names (2 ed.)

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2022
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51 words

... US frequency (2010): 503 English: 1 (of Norman origin): from Old French covine ‘fraud, deceit’, hence an unflattering nickname for a trickster. 2 habitational name from a place in Staffordshire named Coven, of uncertain origin but perhaps denoting ‘(place) at the huts’ (Old English æt thæm cofum ‘at the...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

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2016
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Names studies
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125 words

... Elizabeth Coven , 1658 in IGI (Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumb); Wm: Coven , 1706 in IGI (Whitechapel, Middx); Ann Coven , 1730 in IGI (Saint Clement, Cornwall); Elizabeth Coven , 1778 in IGI (Bromley, Kent). Coven, 1881 frequency. © Archer...

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A Dictionary of British Place Names

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2011

... Staffs . Cove 1086 ( db ). ‘(Place at) the huts or shelters’. OE cofa in the dative plural form cofum...

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New Oxford Rhyming Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2013
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... • Melanchthon • lengthen , strengthen • Nathan • Elizabethan , Ethan • Phaethon • python • leviathan • Jonathan • marathon • earthen • Carmarthen • leathern • heathen • northern • southern • burthen • Avon , Cavan, cavern, raven, tavern • Caernarfon , Dungarvan, Javan • Wilhelmshaven • Tórshavn • Bevan , Devon, eleven, Evan, heaven, leaven, Pleven, seven, Severn • Hesvan • craven , graven, haven, maven, shaven, Stratford-upon-Avon • even , Sivan, Steven • driven , forgiven, given, misgiven, Niven, riven, shriven, thriven • silvern...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... a group or gathering of witches who meet regularly; the word is a variant of covin (archaic term for fraud, deception; in Middle English, denoting a company or band), and comes via Old French from Latin convenium , from convenire ...

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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16 words
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2004
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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16 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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53 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
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2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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16 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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A group or gathering of witches who meet regularly; the word is a variant of covin (archaic term for fraud, deception; in Middle English, denoting a company or band), and comes via Old French from ...
Covens & Mortier

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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... Johannes Covens ( 1697–1774 ). Later partners were Johannes Covens Jr. ( 1722–94 ), Cornelis Covens ( 1764–1825 ) and Cornelis Joannes Covens ( 1806–90 ). The company published books, prints, music, games, and general printed matter, but its main focus was on a variety of cartographic material, atlases, (wall) maps, globes, town plans, and city profiles. Although most of the firm’s maps were copied after foreign models or printed from older copper plates, the firm acted as a driving force for the popularization of map use in Europe. Marco van Egmond M....

Covens & Mortier

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(active 1685–1866)Book and map publishers in Amsterdam. Covens & Mortier was the most important Dutch publisher of commercial cartography in the 18th and the first half of the 19th ...
Margaret Murray

Margaret Murray  

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(1863–1963) [Bi]British archaeologist well known for her work in Egypt. Born in Calcutta, she spent most of her childhood and adolescence in India. In 1893 she enrolled for a course of study at ...
thirteen

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The number thirteen has been widely regarded as unlucky; there is a traditional belief that if thirteen people sit down to table, the first to get up will die. This may go back to the Last Supper, at ...
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A Dictionary of Buddhism

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2004
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Religion
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32 words

...(Skt.). A circle or group, especially in anuttara-yoga-tantra where it denotes a secret coven-like group of initiates and devotees who engage in ritual practices in deserted places such as charnel...

Brittain, William E.

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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...experience in thirty-four years of teaching helped him understand how to relate to children with both humor and moral lessons. In the Coven Tree books, the Devil tries to trick the residents of a New England town out of their souls, only to be beaten by hardworking, resilient, shrewd community members. In 1984 , The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree ( 1983 ) won a Newbery Medal honor book citation. Other Coven Tree books include Devil's Donkey ( 1981 ) and Professor Popkin's Prodigious Polish ( 1990 ). Brittain's contemporary work has a...

Watson, Colin

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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2005

...beginning with Coffin, Scarcely Used ( 1958 ). The best is possibly The Flaxborough Crab ( 1969 ; US title Just What the Doctor Ordered ), but Bump in the Night ( 1960 ), Lonelyheart 4122 ( 1967 ), and Broomsticks over Flaxborough ( 1972 ; US title Kissing Covens ) are also excellent. Watson is also the author of Snobbery with Violence ( 1971 ; revised 1979 ), a study of twentieth-century crime...

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