from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of plants of the family Liliaceæ, closely allied to Hookera and Triteleia: distinguished by the salver-shaped perianth with 3-nerved, nearly separate segments, 6 nearly sessile stamens, and waxy-white, star-like flowers borne (from 1 to 5) on a slender scape. M. biflora, the only species, a native of New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico, is a choice garden plant. It may be planted in the border in spring and the bulbs removed in autumn, or used as a pot-plant under glass.
  • n. In Spain, a mile, especially a nautical mile or knot; the mile of some Spanish-American countries (as the Argentine Republic, Nicaragua, Salvador, and Venezuela), equivalent to 1.15 statute miles.


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