Macbeth Vocab I-III Burgess Part I

Graymalkin The first witch’s attendant spirit, a gray cat.NOTE: During the Renaissance it was believed that Satan sent witches malicious spirits to help them carry out their evil deeds. These ‘familiars’ or ‘imps’ would appear in animal form. The familiar of the First Witch takes the form of a cat and the familiar of the Second Witch takes the form of a toad (Paddock). The familiar of the Third Witch is not mentioned in the first act but in 4.1, it takes the form of a ‘harpy’, a nasty creature in Greek mythology with the head and body of a woman and the talons of a bird.
Paddock The Second Witch’s familiar. It is a toad called Paddock.
Sergeant equivalent to todays’ Captain
Unseamed Ripped open”Unseamed from his navel to his chops.” This quote concerns Macbeth’s brutal murdering of Macdonald and the brute force embodied by Macbeth’s upward sword thrust which “unseamed” Macdonald from his navel to his chin, as scissors do cloth.
Nave navel
Chops Chin
Thane A Scottish lord; noble title
Corporal Having substance; possessing a body
Insane Root likely hemlock, a plant causing insanity
Unfix My Hair make my hair stand on end
Inverness Macbeth’s castle. Site of Duncan’s murder.
Harbinger in this context, an officer who goes ahead to arrange lodgings for the king
Gall bitter secretion of the liver; poisonAnd take my milk for gall (1.5.53) i.e., Take away my milk, and replace it with poison Note the reference to the four humours (blood, yellow bile, black bile, and phlegm) and, in particular, to gall, which comes from an excess of yellow bile. An imbalance of yellow bile in the body turns one ruthless and insolent.
Chalice goblet; consecrated cup
Cherubin angels
Wassail Drinking
Hecate Hecate is the goddess of witchcraft, and ruler of the Three Witches. In Act 3, Scene 5, Hecate appears before the Witches and demands to know why she has been excluded from their meetings with Macbeth.
Possets hot drink; restorative hot drink,
Gild Cover, coat, smear
Beelzebub The devil
The Obscure Bird night owl; associated with death.
Gorgon Reference to Medusa who had live snakes for hair (Greek mythology)
The Travelling Lamp the sun
Suborned bribed
Scone Ancient capital of Scotland Place for coronation of Macbeth after he kills the former King, his cousin Duncan. It is also the last word of the play: “So, thanks to all at once and to each one / Whom we invite to see us crown’d at Scone.”
Invested Crowned as king.
Colmekill Island – cell of St Columba located here was the burial–‘sacred storehouse’–of former kings of Scotland. Duncan’s body was carried to the place for burial which, according to Holinshed’s Chronicles, took place in 1046. Even when Duncan’s burial was underway, Macbeth had been to Scone for the ceremony of his enthronement.
Fife Location of McDuff castle A county on the east coast of Scotland
Parricide -noun1.the act of killing one’s father, mother, or other close relative.2.a person who commits such an act.
Eternal Jewel Immortal soul
Scotched to wound, bruise or cut slightly
Visard mask, visor
Degree rank, station, standing
Remembrancer official reminder, aide-memoire
Charnel Houses A vault or building where human skeletal remains are stored. They are often built near churches for depositing bones that are unearthed while digging graves.
Maws The symbolic of a theoretical sinner of a voracious appetite
Blanched to turn white or pale
Beldams Insane; the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethelem in London, used as an insane asylum.
Acheron the river of pain in Hades in Greek Mythology

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