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macadamia Tweet Definition of macadamia Like Definition of macadamia on Facebook
noun
  1. an evergreen tree, of the genus Macadamia, native to Australia and cultivated in Hawaii
  2. the fruit of this tree; the macadamia nut
madder Tweet Definition of madder Like Definition of madder on Facebook
noun
  1. A herbaceous plant, Rubia tinctorum, native to Asia, cultivated for a red-purple dye obtained from the root.
  2. The root of the plant, used as a medicine or a dye.
  3. A dye made from the plant.
  4. (colour) A deep reddish purple colour, like that of the dye.
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adjective
  1. (colour) Of a deep reddish purple colour, like that of the dye.
madwort Tweet Definition of madwort Like Definition of madwort on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of the alyssums
magnolia Tweet Definition of magnolia Like Definition of magnolia on Facebook
noun
  1. A tree or shrub in any species of the genus Magnolia, many with large flowers and simple leaf, leaves.
  2. The flower of a magnolia tree.
  3. (colour) A creamy white colour, like that of some magnolia flowers.
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adjective
  1. (colour) of a creamy white colour, like that of some magnolia flowers.
maize Tweet Definition of maize Like Definition of maize on Facebook
noun (uncountable)
  1. corn; a type of grain of the species Zea mays
mallow Tweet Definition of mallow Like Definition of mallow on Facebook
noun
  1. A group of plants in several genera of the taxonomic family Malvaceae, especially of the genus Malva. Several species are edible by humans.
Maltese cross Tweet Definition of Maltese cross Like Definition of Maltese cross on Facebook
noun {, border=0 width=100%
  1. A cross having four equal arms resembling arrowheads joined at the points
  2. A flowering plant Lychnis chalcedonica of the family Caryophyllaceae
manchineel Tweet Definition of manchineel Like Definition of manchineel on Facebook
noun
  1. a tropical American tree, Hippomane mancinella, having apple-like, poisonous fruit, and a sap that causes blisters on contact with the skin
mandrake Tweet Definition of mandrake Like Definition of mandrake on Facebook
noun
  1. (mythology) A mandragora, a kind of tiny demon immune to fire.
  2. (botany) Any plant of the genus Mandragora, certain of which are said to have medicinal properties; the curiously shaped root of these plants has been likened to the shape of a little man, and thus, has attained some mythic significance.
mango Tweet Definition of mango Like Definition of mango on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, botany) A tropical Asian fruit tree, Mangifera indica.
  2. The fruit of the mango tree.
  3. (context, US) A bell pepper.
mangosteen Tweet Definition of mangosteen Like Definition of mangosteen on Facebook
noun
  1. A tropical fruit of the tree Garcinia mangostana.
mangrove Tweet Definition of mangrove Like Definition of mangrove on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various tropical evergreen trees or shrubs that grow in shallow coastal water.
maple Tweet Definition of maple Like Definition of maple on Facebook
noun
  1. A tree of the Acer genus, characterised by its usually palmate leaves and winged seeds.
adjective
  1. Deriving from or having a characteristic of a maple tree or maple wood.
Marguerite Tweet Definition of Marguerite Like Definition of Marguerite on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female) borrowed from France in the 1860s.
marigold Tweet Definition of marigold Like Definition of marigold on Facebook
noun (plural: marigolds)
  1. (botany) Any garden flower plant of the genus Calendula, with orange, yellow or reddish flowers.
  2. (botany) Any plant of the genus Tagetes, a flowering plant with orange, yellow or reddish flowers.
mastic Tweet Definition of mastic Like Definition of mastic on Facebook
noun
  1. An evergreen shrub or small tree, Pistacia lentiscus, native to the Mediterranean.
  2. A hard, brittle, aromatic and transparent resin produced by this tree and used to make varnishes and chewing gum, and as a flavouring.
  3. A flexible, waterproof cement used as an adhesive, sealant or filler.
mate Tweet Definition of mate Like Definition of mate on Facebook
noun
  1. A sexual partner, especially of a breeding animal.
  2. The other member of a matched pair of objects.
I found one of the socks I wanted to wear, but I couldn't find its .
  1. A ship's officer, subordinate to the captain.
  2. A technical assistant (gasfitter's mate).
  3. checkmate, Checkmate.
  4. (context, colloquial, UK, Australian) A friend; a friendly term of address to a stranger.
  5. A drink prepared of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis).
verb (mates, mating, mated) Intransitive:
  1. To fit together without space between. (The pieces of the puzzle mate perfectly.)
  2. To copulate.
  3. To pair in order to raise offspring
Transitive:
  1. To arrange in matched pairs.
  2. To introduce (animals) together for the purpose of breeding.
  3. To fit (objects) together without space between.
  4. To win a game of chess by putting the opponent in checkmate
Mayflower Tweet Definition of Mayflower Like Definition of Mayflower on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (nautical) A historical ship that transported the Pilgrims to America in the year 1620
medic Tweet Definition of medic Like Definition of medic on Facebook
noun (pl=medics)
  1. A doctor, especially in the military
  2. A medical student
  3. medick, Medick
melon Tweet Definition of melon Like Definition of melon on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various fruits of the family Cucurbitaceae grown for food, generally not including the cucumber.
  2. (context, colour) A light pinkish orange colour, like that of melon flesh.
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    1. (in plural, slang) Breasts.
    2. (slang) The head.
adjective
  1. (context, colour) of a light pinkish orange colour, like that of melon flesh.
Mercury Tweet Definition of Mercury Like Definition of Mercury on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The Roman god associated with speed, sometimes used as a messenger. He wore winged sandals. Mercury corresponded to the Greek god Hermes.
  2. The planet in the solar system with the closest orbit to the Sun, named after the god; represented by ˜.
mignonette Tweet Definition of mignonette Like Definition of mignonette on Facebook
noun
  1. A plant (Reseda odorata) having greenish flowers with orange-colored stamens, and exhaling a delicious fragrance. In Africa it is a low shrub, but further north it is usually an annual herb.
  2. (colour) a grey-green colour, like that of the plant.
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adjective
  1. (colour) of a grey-green colour, like that of the plant.
millet Tweet Definition of millet Like Definition of millet on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of a group of various types of grass or its grains used as food.
mimosa Tweet Definition of mimosa Like Definition of mimosa on Facebook
noun (mimosas or mimosae)
  1. (botany) A plant belonging to the genus Mimosa usually found in tropical climates, their leaves are usually prickly and sensitive to touch or light, and have small white or pink flowers.
  2. w:Silk Tree, Silk Tree or the Pink Siris
  3. w:Acacia, Acacia
  4. a cocktail consisting of champagne and orange juice.
  5. the star w:Becrux, Beta Crucis (Becrux)
See w:Mimosa_(disambiguation), Wikipedia for more information      
mint Tweet Definition of mint Like Definition of mint on Facebook
noun
  1. A building or institution where money (originally, only coins) is produced under government licence.
  2. (context, informal) A large amount of money.
That house is worth a mint
It must have cost a mint to produce!
verb
  1. (transitive) To reproduce (coins), usually en masse, under licence.
adjective
  1. Of condition, as new.
in mint condition.
  1. (context, numismatics) In near-perfect condition; uncirculated.
  2. (context, philately) unused, Unused with original gum; as issued originally.
  3. (slang) Very good.
that's mint
mistletoe Tweet Definition of mistletoe Like Definition of mistletoe on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of several parasitic evergreen plants with white berry, berries that grows on oaks, apple trees and other trees.
  2. A sprig of these plants used as a Christmas decoration.
monkey bread Tweet Definition of monkey bread Like Definition of monkey bread on Facebook
noun
  1. a type of gourd, the fruit of the :w:baobab, baobab tree, eaten by monkeys
  2. the tree itself
monkshood Tweet Definition of monkshood Like Definition of monkshood on Facebook
noun
  1. (countable) Any of various poisonous plants, of the genus Aconitum, with blue or white flowers in the shape of a hood
  2. (uncountable) The dried leaves or flowers of these plants formerly used as a source of medicinal alkaloids
morel Tweet Definition of morel Like Definition of morel on Facebook
noun
  1. An edible fungus (Morchella esculenta), the upper part of which is covered with a reticulated and pitted hymenium.
morning glory Tweet Definition of morning glory Like Definition of morning glory on Facebook
noun
  1. Several members of the Convolvulaceae family; climbing plants with trumpet shaped flowers.
  2. (slang) An erection present on waking.
    • 2003, Ray Puxley, Britslang: An Uncensored A-Z of the People's Language, Including Rhyming Slang, Robson (2003), p 326
    • : "Morning Glory (Penis) Would appear to refer to one that stands tall and erect on waking."
moss Tweet Definition of moss Like Definition of moss on Facebook
noun (es, -)
  1. Any of various small green plants of the division Bryophyta (formerly class Musci).
  2. A clump or patch of such plants covering the ground or other surface.
  3. Any of various other non-related plants, algae, or fungi of a similar appearance.
verb (mosses, mossing, mossed)
  1. (intransitive) To become covered with moss.
An oak whose boughs were mossed with age.
  1. (transitive) To cover (something) with moss.
mountain laurel Tweet Definition of mountain laurel Like Definition of mountain laurel on Facebook
nounmountain laurels (Plural:mountain laurels)
  1. A bush, Kalmia latifolia in the family Ericaceae, native to the Eastern United States. It is a flowering evergreen, all parts of which are toxic. It is the state tree of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Also known as Ivybush, Calico Bush, Spoonwood, Sheep Laurel, Lambkill and Clamoun. category:Plants
mulberry Tweet Definition of mulberry Like Definition of mulberry on Facebook
noun (mulberries)
  1. Any of several trees, of the genus w:Morus, Morus, having edible fruit
  2. the fruit of this tree
  3. (colour) a dark purple colour tinted with red.
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adjective
  1. (colour) of a dark purple colour tinted with red.
musaceous Tweet Definition of musaceous Like Definition of musaceous on Facebook
adjective
  1. Pertaining to a banana or plantain.
  • 1973: Now there grows among all the rooms, replacing the night"s old smoke, alcohol and sweat, the fragile, odor of Breakfast: flowery, permeating, surprising " Thomas Pynchon, Gravity"s Rainbow
Muscat Tweet Definition of Muscat Like Definition of Muscat on Facebook
proper noun
  1. capital city of Oman.
muskmelon Tweet Definition of muskmelon Like Definition of muskmelon on Facebook
noun
  1. A type of melon, w:Cucumis melo reticulatus, Cucumis melo reticulatus, with sweet orange flesh and a rough skin resembling netting. Also known as cantaloupe.
mustard Tweet Definition of mustard Like Definition of mustard on Facebook
noun
  1. a plant of the genus Brassica, with yellow flowers, and linear seed pods.
  2. a powder or paste made from seeds of the mustard plant, and used as a condiment or a spice.
  3. (colour) a dark yellow color, colour, the colour of mustard.
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adjective
  1. (colour) of a dark yellow colour.
  2. (Skateboard Slang) Outstanding. Popularized by Finnish Skateboarder Arto Saari "Check out these shoes, they're really mustard." ("Pro Spotlight," Skateboarding Magazine, 12/06.)
myrrh Tweet Definition of myrrh Like Definition of myrrh on Facebook
noun
  1. a red-brown resinous material, the dried sap of the Commiphora myrrha tree
    • 1916, w:James Joyce, James Joyce, ''w:Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Macmillan Press Ltd, paperback, p. 98)
    • : The glories of Mary held his soul captive: spikenard and and frankincense, symbolising the preciousness of God's gifts to her soul, rich garments, symbolising her royal lineage, her emblems, the lateflowering plant and lateblossoming tree, symbolising the agelong gradual growth of her cultus among men.
myrtle Tweet Definition of myrtle Like Definition of myrtle on Facebook
noun (plural:myrtles)
  1. An evergreen shrub or small tree of the genus Myrtus, native to southern Europe and north Africa.

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