or Graymalkin (French, gris malkin). Shakespeare
makes the Witch in Macbeth say, “I come, Graymalkin,” Malkin
being the name of a foul fiend. The cat, supposed to be a witch and the
companion of witches, is called by the same name.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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