According to tradition she was a virgin martyred in the 4th cent. Legend represents her as of noble family and great learning, who was tied to a wheel, tortured, and beheaded. Her body was said to have been discovered c.800 on Mount Sinai, whither, her Acts assert, it was transported by angels after her death. Her symbol is a spiked wheel. Feast day, 25 Nov., suppressed in 1969 in the RC Church; preserved in CW.