Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Matutine adjective Matutinal. [ R.]
Matweed noun (Botany) A name of several maritime grasses, as the sea sand-reed ( Ammophila arundinacea ) which is used in Holland to bind the sand of the seacoast dikes (see Beach grass , under Beach ); also, the Lygeum Spartum , a Mediterranean grass of similar habit.
Maty noun [ Etymology uncertain.] A native house servant in India. Balfour (Cyc. of India).
Matzoth noun [ Hebrew matstsōth , plural of matstsāh unleavened.] A cake of unleavened bread eaten by the Jews at the feast of the Passover.
Maucaco noun [ From the native name.] (Zoology) A lemur; -- applied to several species, as the White-fronted, the ruffed, and the ring-tailed lemurs.
Maud noun A gray plaid; -- used by shepherds in Scotland.
Maudle transitive verb To throw onto confusion or disorder; to render maudlin. [ Obsolete]
[ 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 noun (Botany) An aromatic composite herb, the costmary; also, the South European Achillea Ageratum , a kind of yarrow.
Maudlinism noun A maudlin state. Dickens.
Maudlinwort noun (Botany) The oxeye daisy.
[ 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 transitive verb To defy. [ Obsolete] J. Webster.
Maukin noun 1. See Malkin . 2. (Zoology) A hare.
[ See Mall
a hammer.] A heavy wooden hammer or beetle.
[ Written also mall
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 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 noun (Botany) The common mallow.
Mauling noun A severe beating with a stick, cudgel, or the fist.
Maumet noun See Mawmet .
[ Obsolete] Chaucer.
Maunch transitive verb To munch. [ Obsolete]
Maund noun [ Anglo-Saxon mand , mond .] A hand basket. [ Obsolete] Herrick.
Maund noun [ Hind, & Persian man .] An East Indian weight, varying in different localities from 25 to about 82 pounds avoirdupois.
Maund, Maunder 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 transitive verb To utter in a grumbling manner; to mutter.
Maunder noun A beggar. [ Obsolete]
Maunderer noun One who maunders.
[ Confer Mandrel
.] (Coal Mining) A pick with two prongs, to pry with.
[ 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 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 [ 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 adjective Mangy. [ Obsolete] Skelton.
Mauresque adjective & noun See Moresque .
Maurist 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.
[ Latin Mausoleus
. See Mausoleum
.] Pertaining to a mausoleum; monumental.
, 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 noun [ Confer Anglo-Saxon mægþ a maid.] [ Also spelled mawther , mother .] A girl; esp., a great, awkward girl; a wench. [ Prov. Eng.]
Mauvaniline noun (Chemistry) See Mauve aniline , under Mauve .
[ 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 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 adjective Mauve- colored.
Maverick 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 transitive verb To take a maverick. [ Western U. S.]
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 (mā"vĭs) noun [ French mauvis , Arm. milvid , milfid , milc'hhouid , Corn. melhuez .] (Zoology) The European throstle or song thrush ( Turdus musicus ).
Mavournin, Mavourneen (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.
[ See Mew
a gull.] (Zoology) A gull.
[ 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 noun An old game at cards. Sir A. Weldon.