from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hinduism The power of a god or demon to transform a concept into an element of the sensible world.
- n. Hinduism The transitory, manifold appearance of the sensible world, which obscures the undifferentiated spiritual reality from which it originates; the illusory appearance of the sensible world.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Hindu mythology: Illusion or deceptive appearance.
- n. [capitalized] Such appearance personified as a female who acts a part in the production of the universe, and is considered to have only an illusory existence.
- Of or pertaining to the Mayas, an aboriginal tribe of Yucatan, distinguished for their civilization and as the possessors of an alphabet and a literature when America was discovered: as, the Maya alphabet; the Maya records.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of an American Indian people of Yucatan and Belize and Guatemala who had a culture (which reached its peak between AD 300 and 900) characterized by outstanding architecture and pottery and astronomy
- n. a family of American Indian languages spoken by Maya
Sanskrit māyā.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)