Etymology: , from , from maiOld French, mai, from Maius, Maia's month, from Maia, a Roman earth goddess, possibly from Proto-Indo-European
- The fifth month of the Gregorian calendar, following April and preceding June.
- The hawthorn or its blossoms (as it blooms in May)
- (given name, female), pet name for Mary and Margaret, reinforced by the month and plant meaning
- A surname.
- magya, she who is great, from Proto-Indo-European base
- meg-, great
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verb (inf=-, may, -, might, -)
- The hawthorn bush or its blossoms.
- (context, modal auxiliary verb, defective) To have permission to. Used in granting permission and in questions to make polite requests.
- You smoke outside.
- May I sit there?
- (context, modal auxiliary verb, defective) possibly, Possibly, but not certainly.
- He be lying.
- (context, subjunctive present, defective) Expressing something that is possibly true.
- come what
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