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

  • noun A member of a Mesoamerican Indian people inhabiting southeast Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, whose civilization reached its height around AD 300–900. The Maya are noted for their architecture and city planning, their mathematics and calendar, and their hieroglyphic writing system.
  • noun A modern-day descendant of this people.
  • noun Any of the Mayan languages, especially Quiché and Yucatec.

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

  • noun (Hindu Philos.) The name (in Vedantic philosphy) for the doctrine of the unreality of matter, called, in English, idealism; hence, nothingness; vanity; illusion.
  • noun (Hindu Philos.) the Hindu goddess personifying the power that creates phenomena.
  • noun (Hindu Philos.) the power to produce illusions.

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  • proper noun A female given name of modern usage.
  • proper noun In Sanskrit, illusion; God's physical and metaphysical creation (literally, "not this").
  • proper noun A female given name used in India.
  • proper noun A member of a Mesoamerican civilization that existed in and around Guatemala in the 4th to 10th centuries.
  • proper noun A descendant of these people.
  • proper noun Any of the Mayan languages, such as Quiché and Yucatec.

Etymologies

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

[Spanish.]

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From Maria, ultimately from Hebrew, and from Maia, from Latin.

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From Sanskrit

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Self-designation of the Yucatec Mayas.

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