Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun type genus of the Majidae; nearly cosmopolitan in distribution

Etymologies

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

[Latin Māia, from Greek Maia, from maia, good mother, nurse; see mā- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • 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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  • 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.

    Maia in Yonkers

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

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

    Maia in Yonkers

  • 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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  • 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.

    A Body In The Bath House

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

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