Uncertain. Possibly from Iberian/Celtiberian *bruxtia (compare Catalan bruixa, Portuguese bruxa, Occitan bruèissa), from Proto-Celtic *brixtā (“spell, magic”) (compare Old Irish bricht (“charm”), Old Breton brith (“magic”)). It could instead be akin to a different Celtic word such as Old Irish Brigit (literally “high, exalted”).
- witch, sorceress (woman who practices witchcraft)
- Specifically a Wiccan
- crone, hag (ugly, evil-looking, or frightening old woman)
- owl (bird of prey of the order Strigiformes)
- knifetooth dogfish (shark species Scymnodon ringens)