Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. /ˈsɪk.ə.ɹæks/(English)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

Created by Shakespeare for a witch character in his play The Tempest (1611). The character has died by the time the play begins, so she is only spoken of and not seen. The name's meaning is unknown, though it might have been inspired by Latin corax or Greek κόραξ (korax) meaning "raven", referring to the 5th-century BC Greek rhetorician Corax of Syracuse. One of the moons of Uranus bears this name in the character's honour.


Entry added June 9, 2023