"As fair Grimalkin, who, though the youngest of the feline family"
Grimalkin - Credit: Kerri
A grimalkin is an old or evil-looking female cat. The term stems from grey (the color) and "malkin", an archaic term for a cat. Scottish legend makes reference to the grimalkin as a faery cat which dwells in the highlands. The name may have originated with Beware the Cat
(published 1570) by William Baldwin, a novel about talking cats. Part of it relates the story of the Grimalkin's death. During 16th
centuries, the name grimalkin - and cats in general - became associated with the devil and witchcraft.