(2 syl., g hard). Hamlet's mother, who married
Claudius, the murderer of her late husband. She inadvertently poisoned
herself by drinking a potion prepared for her son. (
(St.), in Christian art, is sometimes represented as surrounded with rats and mice; and sometimes as spinning, the rats and mice running about her distaff.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894