coven

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From Middle English covent, from Anglo-Norman covent, cuvent, from Old French covent, from Latin conventum, from convenio, from cum(with) and venio(I come). Confer convent

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coven ‎(plural covens)

  1. A formal group or assembly of witches.
  2. A clique that shares common interests or activities.
    • 1986, David Leavitt, The Lost Language of Cranes, Penguin, paperback edition, page 12
      “This is a very African area”, he said as they maneuvered their way among the covens of menacing children gathered in the halls.

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