Matzoth Matz"oth noun [ Hebrew matstsōth , plural of matstsāh unleavened.] A cake of unleavened bread eaten by the Jews at the feast of the Passover.
Maucaco Mau·ca"co noun [ From the native name.] (Zoology) A lemur; -- applied to several species, as the White-fronted, the ruffed, and the ring-tailed lemurs.
Maud Maud noun A gray plaid; -- used by shepherds in Scotland.
Maudle Mau"dle transitive verb To throw onto confusion or disorder; to render maudlin. [ Obsolete]
Maudlin Maud"lin adjective
[ From Maudlin
, a contr. of Magdalen
, Middle English Maudeleyne
, who is drawn by painters with eyes swelled and red with weeping.] 1. Tearful; easily moved to tears; exciting to tears; excessively sentimental; weak and silly.
crowd." Southey. 2. Drunk, or somewhat drunk; fuddled; given to drunkenness.
Maudlin Clarence in his malmsey butt. Byron.
Maudlin, Maudeline Maud"lin, Maude"line noun (Botany) An aromatic composite herb, the costmary; also, the South European Achillea Ageratum , a kind of yarrow.
Maudlinism Maud"lin·ism noun A maudlin state. Dickens.
Maudlinwort Maud"lin·wort` noun (Botany) The oxeye daisy.
Mauger, Maugre Mau"ger, Mau"gre
[ Old French maugré
, French malgré
. See Mal-
, and Agree
.] In spite of; in opposition to; notwithstanding.
A man must needs love maugre his heed. Chaucer.
This mauger all the world will I keep safe. Shak.
Maugre Mau"gre transitive verb To defy. [ Obsolete] J. Webster.
Maukin Mau"kin noun 1. See Malkin . 2. (Zoology) A hare. [ Scot.]
Maul Maul noun [ See Mall a hammer.] A heavy wooden hammer or beetle. [ Written also mall .]
Maul Maul transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mauled
; present participle & verbal noun Mauling
.] 1. To beat and bruise with a heavy stick or cudgel; to wound in a coarse manner.
Meek modern faith to murder, hack, and maul . Pope. 2. To injure greatly; to do much harm to.
It mauls not only the person misrepreseted, but him also to whom he is misrepresented. South.
Maul-stick Maul"-stick` noun [ German malerstock ; maler a painter + stock stick.] A stick used by painters as a rest for the hand while working. [ Written also mahl-stick .]
Maule Maule noun (Botany) The common mallow.
Mauling Maul"ing noun A severe beating with a stick, cudgel, or the fist.
Maumet Mau"met noun See Mawmet . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Maunch Maunch transitive verb To munch. [ Obsolete]
Maunch Maunch noun See Manche .
Maund Maund noun [ Anglo-Saxon mand , mond .] A hand basket. [ Obsolete] Herrick.
Maund Maund noun [ Hind, & Persian man .] An East Indian weight, varying in different localities from 25 to about 82 pounds avoirdupois.
Maund, Maunder Maund, Maund"er intransitive verb
[ Confer French mendier
to beg, English mendicant
.] 1. To beg.
[ Obsolete] B. Jonson. Beau. & Fl. 2. To mutter; to mumble; to grumble; to speak indistinctly or disconnectedly; to talk incoherently.
He was ever maundering by the how that he met a party of scarlet devils. Sir W. Scott.
Maunder Maund"er transitive verb To utter in a grumbling manner; to mutter.
Maunder Maund"er noun A beggar. [ Obsolete]
Maunderer Maund"er·er noun One who maunders.
Maundril Maun"dril noun [ Confer Mandrel .] (Coal Mining) A pick with two prongs, to pry with.
Maundy Maun"dy noun [ See Maundy Thursday .] 1. The sacrament of the Lord's Supper. [ Obsolete] 2. The ceremony of washing the feet of the poor on Maundy Thursday. 3. The alms distributed in connection with this ceremony or on Maundy Thursday. » In England, the foot washing is obsolete, but the "royal maundy" is distributed annually on behalf of the sovereign. Since 1890 this distribution has been made from Westminster Abbey.
Maundy coins, money Maundy coins, money Silver coins or money of the nominal value of 1 d. , 2 d. , 3 d. , and 4 d. , struck annually for the Maundy alms.
Maundy Thursday Maun"dy Thurs"day [ Middle English maunde a command, Old French mandé , Latin mandatum , from mandare to command. See called from the ancient custom of washing the feet of the poor on this day, which was taken to be the fulfillment of the "new commandment," John xiii. 5, 34. ] (Eccl.) The Thursday in Passion week, or next before Good Friday.
Maungy Maun"gy adjective Mangy. [ Obsolete] Skelton.
Mauresque Mau·resque" adjective & noun See Moresque .
Maurist Maur"ist noun [ From Maurus , the favorite disciple of St. Benedict.] A member of the Congregation of Saint Maur, an offshoot of the Benedictines, originating in France in the early part of the seventeenth century. The Maurists have been distinguished for their interest in literature.
Mausolean Mau`so·le"an adjective [ Latin Mausoleus . See Mausoleum .] Pertaining to a mausoleum; monumental.
Mausoleum Mau`so·le"um noun
, Latin -lea
. [ Latin mausoleum
, Greek ..., from ... Mausolus, king of Caria, to whom Artemisia, his widow, erected a stately monument.] A magnificent tomb, or stately sepulchral monument.
Mauther Mau"ther noun [ Confer Anglo-Saxon mægþ a maid.] [ Also spelled mawther , mother .] A girl; esp., a great, awkward girl; a wench. [ Prov. Eng.]
Mauvaniline Mauv`an"i·line noun (Chemistry) See Mauve aniline , under Mauve .
Mauve Mauve (mōv) noun [ French, mallow, Latin malva . So named from the similarity of the color to that of the petals of common mallow, Malva sylvestris . See Mallow .] A color of a delicate purple, violet, or lilac. Mauve aniline (Chemistry) , a dyestuff produced artificially by the oxidation of commercial aniline, and the first discovered of the so-called coal-tar , or aniline , dyes . It consists of the sulphate of mauveïne, and is a dark brown or bronze amorphous powder, which dissolves to a beatiful purple color. Called also aniline purple , violine , etc.
Mauveïne Mauve"ïne noun (Chemistry) An artificial organic base, obtained by oxidizing a mixture of aniline and toluidine, and valuable for the dyestuffs it forms. [ Written also mauvine .]
Mauvine Mauv"ine adjective Mauve- colored.
Maverick Mav"er·ick noun In the southwestern part of the united States, a bullock or heifer that has not been branded, and is unclaimed or wild; -- said to be from Maverick , the name of a cattle owner in Texas who neglected to brand his cattle.
Maverick Mav"er·ick transitive verb To take a maverick. [ Western U. S.]
Maverick brand Maverick brand A brand originated by a dishonest cattleman, who, without owning any stock, gradually accumulates a herd by finding mavericks. [ Western U. S.]
Mavis Ma"vis (mā"vĭs) noun [ French mauvis , Arm. milvid , milfid , milc'hhouid , Corn. melhuez .] (Zoology) The European throstle or song thrush ( Turdus musicus ).
Mavournin, Mavourneen Ma·vour"nin, Ma·vour"neen (mȧ*vōr"nēn) noun [ Ir. mo mhuirnin my darling; mo my + mhuirnin darling.] My darling; -- an Irish term of endearment for a girl or woman. "Erin mavournin ." Campbell.
Maw Maw (ma) noun [ See Mew a gull.] (Zoology) A gull.
Maw Maw noun
[ Middle English mawe
, Anglo-Saxon maga
stomach; akin to Dutch maag
, Old High German mago
, German magen
, Icelandic magi
, Swedish mage
, Danish mave
. √103.] 1. A stomach; the receptacle into which food is taken by swallowing; in birds, the craw; -- now used only of the lower animals, exept humorously or in contempt. Chaucer.
Bellies and maws of living creatures. Bacon. 2. Appetite; inclination.
Unless you had more maw to do me good. Beau. & Fl. Fish maw
. (Zoology) See under Fish .
Maw Maw noun An old game at cards. Sir A. Weldon.
Mawk Mawk (mak) noun [ Middle English mauk , maðek , Icelandic maðkr ; akin to Danish maddik , and English mad an earthworm. See Mad , noun ] 1. A maggot. [ Scot.] 2. A slattern; a mawks. [ Prov. Eng.]
Mawkin Maw"kin noun See Malkin , and Maukin .
Mawkingly Mawk"ing·ly adverb Slatternly. [ Obsolete]