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

  • n. Astronomy Plural of mare2.

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  • n. Plural form of mare (lunar plain).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plural form of mare, a dark region of considerable extent on the surface of the moon.
  • A valuable timber tree of Panama.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See mare.

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

  • n. a dark region of considerable extent on the surface of the moon
  • n. valuable timber tree of Panama


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