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Maasai Tweet Definition of Maasai Like Definition of Maasai on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An indigenous group of people located in Kenya and Tanzania.
man-eater Tweet Definition of man-eater Like Definition of man-eater on Facebook
  1. An animal that has a reputation for eating humans, such as the tiger or shark.
  2. A cannibal.
  3. (context, by extension, slang) A woman with a threatening attitude, often readily taking and discarding male romantic partners.
Mansi Tweet Definition of Mansi Like Definition of Mansi on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. a member of an ethnic group of people who live in Khantia-Mansia
  2. the Finno-Ugric language spoken by these people
Maricopa Tweet Definition of Maricopa Like Definition of Maricopa on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Native American peoples: The Maricopa belong to the Yuman linguistic stock, a part of the Hokan family. They originate in the Colorado River area, but following an exodus in the 1700s or 1800s, they live amongst the Pima in the vicinity of the Gila and Salt Rivers.
  2. County in Arizona, includes the capital of the state. (derived from first meaning)
  3. Town in Kern County, California.
matrilineal Tweet Definition of matrilineal Like Definition of matrilineal on Facebook
  1. Tracing descent only through female lines.
Kerala traditionally has matrilineal inheritance.
Maya Tweet Definition of Maya Like Definition of Maya on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A member of a Mesoamerican civilization that existed in and around Mexico in the 4th to 10th centuries.
  2. A descendant of these people.
  3. Any of the Mayan languages, such as Quiché and Yucatec.
  4. (given name, female) recently taken into general use, also associated with Maia.
  5. In Sanskrit, illusion; God"s physical and metaphysical creation (literally, "not this").
medicine man Tweet Definition of medicine man Like Definition of medicine man on Facebook
  1. a Native American shamanistic healer
Mescalero Tweet Definition of Mescalero Like Definition of Mescalero on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Native American tribe.
  2. The language spoken by these people.
microblade Tweet Definition of microblade Like Definition of microblade on Facebook
  1. Of or pertaining to the prehistoric technology of producing very small blades from silica rich minerals.
({2, The upper Palaeolithic period saw the first production of tools.)}
miscegenation Tweet Definition of miscegenation Like Definition of miscegenation on Facebook
  1. a mixing or blending
  2. the mixing or blending of race in marriage or breeding
Miskito Tweet Definition of Miskito Like Definition of Miskito on Facebook
proper noun (plural: Miskitos or )
  1. A member of the Amerindian people who dwell/dwelt on the Atlantic coastline of Nicaragua and Honduras.
  2. The w:Miskito language, Miskito language.
moiety Tweet Definition of moiety Like Definition of moiety on Facebook
noun (moieties)
  1. half, Half.
    • 1827, The Christmas Box, edited by T. Crofton Croker:
    • : From New Holland the emu,
    • :: With his better ,
    • : Has paid a visit to the Zo-
    • :: Ological Society.
      1. A share or portion.
      2. (chemistry) A specific segment of a molecule.
      Aniline has a phenyl and an amino .
monogamous Tweet Definition of monogamous Like Definition of monogamous on Facebook
  1. being married to one person at a time
  2. having only one sexual partner at a time
monogamy Tweet Definition of monogamy Like Definition of monogamy on Facebook
  1. A form of sexual bonding involving a permanent pair bond between two beings.
Mosquito Tweet Definition of Mosquito Like Definition of Mosquito on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, De_Havilland_Mosquito)
  1. The De Havilland Mosquito, a second world war military aircraft.
mumbo jumbo Tweet Definition of mumbo jumbo Like Definition of mumbo jumbo on Facebook
  1. (religion) Religious words and/or actions which are seen as superstitious or fradulent.
Rev. Quack's healing services are little more than .
  1. (disparaging, sometimes racist) (proper noun) A not-understood foreign language spoken by a group perceived as belonging to a lower class than the listener, and dismissed as unimportant.
There were a bunch of foreigners speaking their Mumbo Jumbo clustered ahead of me at Customs.
  1. Any confusing or meaningless speech
Football lingo is to me.

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