from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A goddess, the eldest of the Pleiades.
  • n. The brightest star in the Pleiades.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Alternative form of Maja. A genus of sea spiders.
  • proper n. Daughter of Atlas and mother of Hermes.
  • proper n. The goddess of growth after whom the month May ( Latin maius ) was named.
  • proper n. A female given name of recent usage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of spider crabs, including the common European species (Maia squinado).
  • n. A beautiful American bombycid moth (Eucronia maia).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical genus of Maiidœ, founded by Lamarck in 1801.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. type genus of the Majidae; nearly cosmopolitan in distribution


Latin Māia, from Greek Maia, from maia, good mother, nurse; see mā-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • You know what, from Maia, is learning how to use her ability better.

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  • The woman lost no time in seeking for a roomy walnut-shell, which she lined thickly with white satin, and on it she placed the mattress, with the child, whom she called Maia, upon it.

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  • “What is this?” she says, flashing a blue bank statement in Maia’s face.

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  • She could see the hurt in his eyes, and for a moment she wrestled the urge to call Maia a number of unprintable names.

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  • Helena appeared, but I shook my head in warning and she withdrew, calling Maia and Hyspale after her.

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  • "Maia," she said, and the ID of the vehicle relaxed him.

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  • To paraphrase Maia, if you took out the stupid, you’d have a magazine made up of margins and possibly a couple of Q&A columns about puberty and safe sex.

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  • Still, I don’t see that there’s nearly justification here to call Maia a hypocrite.

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  • Opposition leaders such as Maia say the film portrays Lula in an excessively flattering manner, intended to bolster the candidacy of Cabinet Chief


  • Boos and chants of "Maia" and "GSP" rained down upon the embattled champion, who has drawn criticism for similar disjointed efforts in the past.


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