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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A female given name.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of dicotyledonous plants of the family Asteraceæ. See Silybum.


Latinized form of Marian, ultimately from Mary or Mary + Ann. It is also the feminine form of Latin Marianus, derivative of Marius, but these rather rare Roman names have been completely intertwined with Maria in the Christian era. (Wiktionary)



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