Usage Slavic Mythology
Scripts Полудница (Serbian, Bulgarian, Russian)
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Contributor Contrib.cassilda in carcosa on 2/3/2019
The name of a supernatural creature in Eastern European mythology, known in English as "Lady Midday" or the "Noon Witch". Her name is probably derived from the proto-Slavic *polъ meaning "half" and dьnь meaning "day", therefore "midday", and the related terms in the various Slavic languages. Alternatively, her name may share an etymological root with the Serbo-Croatian poludjeti meaning "to go crazy".