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manas Tweet Definition of manas Like Definition of manas on Facebook
noun
  1. (theosophy etc) the mind; that which distinguishes man from the animals
mania Tweet Definition of mania Like Definition of mania on Facebook
noun
  1. Violent derangement of mind; madness; insanity.
  2. Excessive or unreasonable desire; insane passion affecting one or many people; fanaticism
marathon Tweet Definition of marathon Like Definition of marathon on Facebook
noun or Marathon (plural: marathons)
  1. A 42.195 kilometre (26 mile 385 yard) run that used to run all the way to Athens. This sport continues into the modern era, though with different routes.
  2. any extended or sustained activity
    He had a cleaning the night before his girlfriend came over.
Melissa Tweet Definition of Melissa Like Definition of Melissa on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth) bee, Bee-nymph in Greek mythology.
  2. (given name, female, from Greek, ).
Menoetius Tweet Definition of Menoetius Like Definition of Menoetius on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A Titan, son of Iapetus and Clymene, he had three brothers- Atlas, Prometheus and Epimetheus. He joined Cronus and the Titans in their unsuccessful war against the Olympian gods. Zeus killed him with a thunderbolt and sent him down to Tartarus.
  2. One of Hades' shepherds on Erythea. He told Geryon when Heracles stole Geryon's herd.
  3. Father of Patroclus and son of Actor. (Iliad, XI, 765)
mercurial Tweet Definition of mercurial Like Definition of mercurial on Facebook
noun
  1. A chemical containing mercury.
adjective
  1. Relating to the Roman god Mercury.
  2. Relating to the planet Mercury.
  3. Having characteristics of the Roman god Mercury, such as speed.
  4. contain, Containing the element mercury.
  5. volatile, Volatile.
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 ˜.
mermaid Tweet Definition of mermaid Like Definition of mermaid on Facebook
noun
  1. A mythology, mythological woman with a fish's tail in place of her legs.
merman Tweet Definition of merman Like Definition of merman on Facebook
noun
  1. a legendary creature, human male from the waist up, fishlike from the waist down
Minerva Tweet Definition of Minerva Like Definition of Minerva on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) The goddess of wisdom, especially strategic warfare, and the arts, especially crafts and in particular weaving; daughter of Jupiter and Juno
minyan Tweet Definition of minyan Like Definition of minyan on Facebook
noun
  1. The minimum number of ten adult Jews required for a communal religious service.
Mnemosyne Tweet Definition of Mnemosyne Like Definition of Mnemosyne on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) A Titan, the personification of memory, the daughter of Gaia and Uranus, and the mother of the Muses by Zeus.
moly Tweet Definition of moly Like Definition of moly on Facebook
noun (mol, ies)
  1. a magic plant used by w:Odysseus, Odysseus to overcome w:Circe, Circe
  • 1980: So spoke the Radiant One; then gave me the magic herb, pulling it from the ground and showing me in what form it grew; its root was black, its flower milk-white. Its name among the gods is . " Homer, The Odyssey, tr. Walter Shrewing (Oxford 1998 p.120)
    1. any plant associated with the mythological moly, especially the European allium, Allium moly
monster Tweet Definition of monster Like Definition of monster on Facebook
noun
  1. A terrifying and dangerous creature.
  2. A bizarre or whimsical creature.
The children decided Grover was a cuddly .
  1. An extremely antisocial person, especially a criminal.
  2. (figuratively) A badly behaved child.
Sit still, you little !
  1. (bodybuilding): A bodybuilder of exceptionally large weight and proportions, typically weighing more than 135 kilos (300 lbs).
adjective (no (compar) or (superl))
  1. Very large; worthy of a monster.
He has a monster appetite.
Myrmidon Tweet Definition of Myrmidon Like Definition of Myrmidon on Facebook
proper noun
  1. One of a fierce tribe or troop who accompanied Achilles, their king, to the Trojan war.
myth Tweet Definition of myth Like Definition of myth on Facebook
noun
  1. A story of a great but unknown age which embodies a belief regarding some fact or phenomenon of experience, and in which often the forces of nature and of the soul are personified; an ancient story of a god, a hero, the origin of a race, etc.; a wonder story of prehistoric origin.
  2. (colloquial) A person or thing existing only in imagination, or whose actual existence is not verifiable. This word originates from the Sanskrit word "Mithya"; with the same meaning AR
  3. (colloquial) A belief or story that illustrates a cultural ideal; stories that help explain how to live. Example: Higher Education Myth: If you go to college, receive your degree, you will be a smarter person and make a lot of money.
  4. A real time tactical (RTT) computer game originally created by Bungie Software
mythical Tweet Definition of mythical Like Definition of mythical on Facebook
adjective
  1. Existing in myth.
  2. (by extension) not real; false or fabricated.
mythological Tweet Definition of mythological Like Definition of mythological on Facebook
adjective
  1. of, or relating to myths or mythology
  2. legendary
  3. (colloquial) imaginary, fabulous
mythologist Tweet Definition of mythologist Like Definition of mythologist on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who studies mythology
mythologize Tweet Definition of mythologize Like Definition of mythologize on Facebook
verbto mythologize
  1. (transitive) To make something into a myth
  2. (intransitive) To construct a myth
  3. (intransitive) To study, or write about myths
mythology Tweet Definition of mythology Like Definition of mythology on Facebook
noun (mythologies, -)
  1. (countable) The collection of myths of a people, concerning their origin, history, deity, deities, ancestors and heroes.
  2. (countable) A similar body of myths concerning an event, person or institution.
  3. (uncountable) The systematic collection and study of myths.
mythopoeic Tweet Definition of mythopoeic Like Definition of mythopoeic on Facebook
adjective
  1. giving rise to myths, pertaining to mythopoeia.

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