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 (kŭv′ən, kō′vən)
An assembly or community of witches who meet regularly.

[Perhaps from Middle English covent, assembly, convent; see convent.]


1. a meeting of witches
2. a company of 13 witches
[C16: probably from Old French covin group, ultimately from Latin convenīre to come together; compare convent]


(ˈkʌv ən, ˈkoʊ vən)

an assembly of witches, esp. a group of thirteen.
[1655–65; variant of obsolete covent assembly, convent]


 a company or assembly, 1500; esp., a group or convent of witches, 1662; See also covin.


A group of witches.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coven - an assembly of witches; usually 13 witches
assembly - a group of persons who are gathered together for a common purpose
witch - a being (usually female) imagined to have special powers derived from the devil


[ˈkʌvən] Naquelarre m


[ˈkʌvən] n [witches] → assemblée f de sorcières


nHexenzirkel m; (= meeting)Hexensabbat m
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We've gathered up some of the most envy-inducing covens found in literature--they'll have you wishing you could pal around with your own group of spell-casting witches.
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This 30th anniversary edition (originally published as "The Tree: The Complete Book of Saxon Witchcraft") once again makes available to interested readers authoritative descriptions of Saxon deities and explanations of their primary beliefs; an introduction to the magical runic Saxon alphabet; a selection of original Pagan songs; a selection of Seax-Wiccan recipes for intoxicants; instructions for initiation ceremonies, the eight Sabbats, marriage, birth, and death rites; an explanation of the art and practice of Saxon Galdra or magic, and the divination and herbal lore used for protection, love potions, and healing; and the Seax-Wicca Rite of Self-dedication, allowing individuals to form their own covens and initiate themselves into the Craft.
What he doesn't know is that these are merely the first in a long string of peculiar events that will involve him with several covens of witches, including Twiggy, a young witch-in-training; a long-lost secret spell; and a nasty villain.
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