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macaw Tweet Definition of macaw Like Definition of macaw on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various parrots of the genera Ara and Anodorhynchus of Central America, Central and South America, including the largest parrots and characterized by long sabre-shaped tails, curved powerful bills, and usually brilliant plumage.
magpie Tweet Definition of magpie Like Definition of magpie on Facebook
noun (plural:magpies)
  1. One of several kinds of bird in the family Corvidae, especially Pica pica.
  2. A superficially similar Australian bird, Gymnorhina tibicen.
  3. (slang) Fan or member of Newcastle United Football Club (soccer).
mallard Tweet Definition of mallard Like Definition of mallard on Facebook
noun
  1. A common and widespread dabbling duck, Anas platyrhynchos, whose male has a distinctive dark green head.
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.
mannikin Tweet Definition of mannikin Like Definition of mannikin on Facebook
noun
  1. any of several Asiatic passerine birds of the genus Mannikin
mantle Tweet Definition of mantle Like Definition of mantle on Facebook
noun
  1. a piece of clothing somewhat like an open robe or cloak, especially that worn by Orthodox bishops
  2. (figuratively) anything that covers or conceals something else
  3. the zone of hot gases around a flame; the gauzy incandescent covering of a gas lamp
  4. (anatomy) the cerebral cortex
  5. (geology) the layer between the Earth's core and crust
  6. (zoology) the body wall of a mollusc/mollusk
  7. An alternative spelling mantel
(wikipedia, mantle (geology))
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marabou Tweet Definition of marabou Like Definition of marabou on Facebook
noun
  1. A large wading bird native to Africa, with a naked head and neck adapted for scavenging.
Martin Tweet Definition of Martin Like Definition of Martin on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male) originally given in honor of a fourth century soldier-saint.
  2. A European surname derived from the given name.
  3. An English habitational surname for some who lived near a mere.
maw Tweet Definition of maw Like Definition of maw on Facebook
noun
  1. (archaic) the stomach, especially of an animal
1667: So Death shall be deceav'd his glut, and with us two / Be forc'd to satisfie his Rav'nous Maw. — Milton, Paradise Lost, Book X
  1. the upper digestive tract (where food enters the body), especially the mouth and jaws of a ravenous creature.
1818: To save poor lambkins from the eagle's — Keats, Endymion
  1. any great, insatiable or perilous opening.
merganser Tweet Definition of merganser Like Definition of merganser on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various diving ducks of the genus Mergus, which feed on fish and have a sharply serrated bill.
Merlin Tweet Definition of Merlin Like Definition of Merlin on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A wizard in the Arthurian legend.
mew Tweet Definition of mew Like Definition of mew on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) A gull, seagull.
verb
  1. (context, of a cat) To meow.
mina Tweet Definition of mina Like Definition of mina on Facebook
noun
  1. The myna bird.
miner Tweet Definition of miner Like Definition of miner on Facebook
noun
  1. a person who works in a mine.
  2. an operator of mine, mines and other explosives in an army.
minivet Tweet Definition of minivet Like Definition of minivet on Facebook
noun
  1. A cuckoo shrike of Asiatic origin.
mistle thrush Tweet Definition of mistle thrush Like Definition of mistle thrush on Facebook
noun
  1. a large Eurasian thrush, Turdus viscivorus
moa Tweet Definition of moa Like Definition of moa on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various extinct birds of the family Dinornithidae. They were native to New Zealand, very large and unable to fly.
mockingbird Tweet Definition of mockingbird Like Definition of mockingbird on Facebook
noun
  1. A long-tailed American songbird of the Mimidae family, noted for its ability to mimic calls of other birds.
moorhen Tweet Definition of moorhen Like Definition of moorhen on Facebook
noun (pluralmoorhens)
  1. Any of various medium-sized water birds of the genus Gallinula, of the rail family, that feed in open water margins.
mourning dove Tweet Definition of mourning dove Like Definition of mourning dove on Facebook
noun
  1. A grey-coloured dove, Zenaida macroura, that has a mournful call, native to North America
muff Tweet Definition of muff Like Definition of muff on Facebook
noun
  1. A blown cylinder of glass which is afterward flattened out to make a sheet.
  2. (slang) pubic hair, Pubic hair, in most cases referring to that which surrounds female genitalia. Sometimes it refers to the actual vulva.
  3. (archaic) A piece of fur or cloth for keeping the hands warm. hence, earmuff.
  4. (context, baseball, slang) An 1800s baseball term meaning an error.
verb
  1. In American football, to drop or mishandle the ball, especially during a punt or kick-off.
  2. By extension, to mishandle any situation.
mule Tweet Definition of mule Like Definition of mule on Facebook
noun
  1. A generally sterile hybrid offspring of a male donkey and a female horse.
  2. (informal) A stubborn person.
  3. (slang) A person paid to smuggle drugs.
  4. A woman's shoe that has no fitting or strap around the heel
murre Tweet Definition of murre Like Definition of murre on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of the seabirds of the genus Uria in the auk family.
musket Tweet Definition of musket Like Definition of musket on Facebook
noun (plural:muskets)
  1. A species of firearm formerly carried by the infantry of an army. It was originally fired by means of a match, or matchlock, for which several mechanical appliances (including the flintlock, and finally the percussion lock) were successively substituted. This arm has been superseded by the rifle.
Soldier, solider, won't you marry me, with your , fife and drum.
mute swan Tweet Definition of mute swan Like Definition of mute swan on Facebook
noun
  1. a white swan, Cygnus olor, found throughout Europe and much of Asia, having a distinctive orange bill with a black tip; it is not actually mute, but is not very vocal
myall Tweet Definition of myall Like Definition of myall on Facebook
noun
  1. (obsolete) A stranger (among Australian Aborigines).
  2. An Aborigine living according to tradition and in a traditional way.
myna Tweet Definition of myna Like Definition of myna on Facebook
noun (pluralmynas)
  1. any of various Asian starlings and oxpeckers of the family Sturnidae

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