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mana Tweet Definition of mana Like Definition of mana on Facebook
noun
  1. A form of supernatural energy in Polynesian religion that inheres in things or people.
  2. (in role-playing games) Magical power.
  3. Alternative spelling of manna
maniple Tweet Definition of maniple Like Definition of maniple on Facebook
noun (plural: maniples)
  1. (rare) A handful.
  2. A division of the Roman army numbering 60 or 120 men exclusive of officers, any small body of soldiers; a company.
  3. Originally, a napkin; later, an ornamental band or scarf worn upon the left arm as a part of the vestments of a priest in the Roman Catholic Church, and sometimes worn in the English Church service.
metic Tweet Definition of metic Like Definition of metic on Facebook
noun
  1. In ancient Greece, a resident alien who did not have citizen rights and who paid a tax for the right to live there.
metropolis Tweet Definition of metropolis Like Definition of metropolis on Facebook
noun (es, pl2=metropoleis)
  1. Any large, busy city, especially as the main city in an area or country or as distinguished from surrounding rural areas.
  2. (obsolete) The see of a metropolitan bishop.
  3. The chief city of a colony, especially in Ancient Greece.
metropolitan Tweet Definition of metropolitan Like Definition of metropolitan on Facebook
noun
  1. In Eastern Orthodoxy, a bishop empowered to oversee other bishops, an archbishop. Their demesne is an Archeparchy.
  2. the inhabitant of a metropolis
adjective
  1. urban
Middle Kingdom Tweet Definition of Middle Kingdom Like Definition of Middle Kingdom on Facebook
noun
  1. A nickname for China.
Midianite Tweet Definition of Midianite Like Definition of Midianite on Facebook
noun
  1. A member of an ancient northern Arabian people
Mycenaean Tweet Definition of Mycenaean Like Definition of Mycenaean on Facebook
noun
  1. A native or inhabitant of Mycenae.
  2. Mycenaean Greek.
adjective
  1. Of or relating to ancient Mycenae or its inhabitants.
  2. Of or relating to the Mycenaean civilization, the early Greek civilization that spread its influence from Mycenae to many parts of the Mediterranean region and Central Europe from about 2800 to 1100 B.C.E., divided into three periods: Early Helladic (c. 2800"2000 B.C.E), Middle Helladic (c. 2000"1500 B.C.E), and Late Helladic (c. 1500"1100 B.C.E)
  3. Of or relating to the Ancient Greek dialect written in the Linear B syllabary.

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