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hellcat

[hel-kat]
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noun
  1. a bad-tempered, spiteful, woman; shrew.
  2. a woman with magic powers derived from evil sources; witch.
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Origin of hellcat

First recorded in 1595–1605; hell + cat
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  • I hope he doesn't realize I'm not the hellcat he seems to think I am.

    Suzy

    Watson Parker


British Dictionary definitions for hellcat

hellcat

noun
  1. a spiteful fierce-tempered woman
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Word Origin and History for hellcat

n.

also hell-cat, "volatile woman," c.1600, from hell + cat.

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