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majorhistocompatibility complex
major histocompatibility complex n. Abbr. MHC A group of genes that code for cell-surface histocompatibility antigens and are the principle determinants of tissue type and ...
Majorian
▪ Roman emperor Latin in full  Julius Valerius Majorianus   died Aug. 7, 461, Dertona, Liguria [now Tortona, Italy]       Western Roman emperor from 457 to 461, the ...
majoritarian
/meuh jawr'i tair"ee euhn, -jor'-/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or constituting a majority: majoritarian democracy. 2. supporting or advocating majoritarianism: majoritarian ...
majoritarianism
/meuh jawr'i tair"ee euh niz'euhm, -jor'-/, n. rule by a majority, esp. the belief that those constituting a simple majority should make the rules for all members of a group, ...
majority
/meuh jawr"i tee, -jor"-/, n., pl. majorities. 1. the greater part or number; the number larger than half the total (opposed to minority): the majority of the population. 2. a ...
majority leader
the leader of the majority party in a legislative body, esp. the party member who directs the activities of the majority party on the floor of either the Senate or the House of ...
majority verdict
➡ juries * * *
majorityleader
majority leader n. The leader of the majority party in a legislature, as in the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives. * * *
majorityrule
majority rule n. A doctrine by which a numerical majority of an organized group holds the power to make decisions binding on all in the group. * * *
majorleague
major league n. 1. Either of the two principal groups of professional baseball teams in the United States. 2. A league of principal importance in other professional sports, such ...
majorly
/may"jeuhr lee/, adv. Slang. extremely; thoroughly: The class was majorly hard. [1980-85] * * *
majormedical
major medical n. Insurance that covers all or most of the medical bills engendered by major or prolonged illnesses above a set amount. * * *
majororder
major order n. Ecclesiastical A principal order of the clergy, especially the rank of bishop, priest, and deacon, in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Anglican churches. ...
majorparty
major party n. A political party having enough strength to gain control of a government with comparative regularity. * * *
majorpremise
major premise n. The premise containing the major term in a syllogism. * * *
MajorProphets
Major Prophets pl.n. Bible The Hebrew prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. * * *
majors
➡ golf * * *
Majors
n [pl] the name given to the four most important tournaments (= sports competitions) in golf. They are the British Open, the US Open(1), the US Masters Tournament and the US ...
majorscale
major scale Tech-Graphics n. Music A diatonic scale having half steps between the third and fourth and the seventh and eighth degrees and whole steps between the other adjacent ...
majorsuit
major suit n. Games A suit of superior scoring value, either spades or hearts in bridge. * * *
majorterm
major term n. The term of a syllogism that forms the predicate of the conclusion. * * *
majortranquilizer
major tranquilizer n. See antipsychotic drug. * * *
Majunga
/meuh jung"geuh/, n. a seaport on NW Madagascar. 76,500. * * *
Majuro
Ma·ju·ro (mə-jo͝orʹō) The capital of the Marshall Islands, an atoll of the southern Ratak Chain. Population: 20,000. * * * Atoll (pop., 1999: 23,676) in the Ratak ...
majuscular
See majuscule. * * *
majuscule
—majuscular, adj. /meuh jus"kyoohl, maj"euh skyoohl'/, adj. 1. (of letters) capital. 2. large, as either capital or uncial letters. 3. written in such letters (opposed to ...
mak-
See mag-. * * *
māk-
Long, thin. Oldest form *meə₂k̑-, colored to *maə₂k̑-, contracted to *māk̑ (becoming *māk- in centum languages). 1. Zero-grade form *mək- becoming *mak-. a. (i) ...
makable
See make. * * *
Makah
/meuh kaw"/, n., pl. Makahs, (esp. collectively) Makah for 1. 1. a member of an American Indian people of the Olympic Peninsula in northwest Washington. 2. the Wakashan language ...
makai
/meuh kuy"/, adv. Hawaii. toward or by the sea; seaward: He agreed to purchase the land makai of Diamond Head Road. Cf. mauka. [ < Hawaiian, equiv. to ma directional particle + ...
Makalu
/muk"euh looh'/, n. a mountain in the Himalayas, on the boundary between Nepal and Tibet. 27,790 ft. (8470 m). * * * Peak in the Himalayas, on the Nepalese-Tibetan ...
Makapansgat
▪ anthropological and archaeological site, South Africa       site of paleoanthropological excavation, one of the oldest of the known cave sites in South Africa ...
makar
mak·ar (mäʹkər, māʹ-) n. Chiefly Scots A poet.   [Middle English, variant of maker, maker, poet.] * * * ▪ Scottish literature also spelled  Maker (Scottish: ...
Makarenko, Anton Semyonovich
▪ Soviet educator born March 1 [March 13, New Style], 1888, Belopolye, Ukraine, Russian Empire [now Bilopillya, Ukraine] died April 1, 1939, Moscow, Russia, ...
Makarios III
/meuh kar"ee euhs, -ohs'/; Gk. /mah kah"rddee aws/ (Michael Christodoulos Mouskos), 1913-77, Cypriot statesman and Greek Orthodox prelate: archbishop and patriarch of Cyprus ...
MakariosIII
Ma·kar·i·os III (mə-kărʹē-əs, -ōs', mä-käʹrē-ôs), Originally Mikhail Khristodolou Mouskos. 1913-1977. Cypriot prelate and politician. Bishop of the Orthodox Church ...
Makarov, Stepan Osipovich
▪ Russian naval commander born Dec. 27, 1848, [Jan. 8, 1849, New Style], Nikolayev, Ukraine, Russian Empire [now Mykolayiv, Ukraine] died March 31 [April 13], 1904, at sea off ...
Makarova
/meuh kahr"euh veuh/; Russ. /mu kah"rddeuh veuh/, n. Natalia /neuh tal"yeuh, -tahl"-/; Russ. /nu tah"lyeuh/, born 1940, Soviet ballerina, in the U.S. and England since 1970. * * *
Makarova, Natalia
▪ Russian ballerina in full  Natalia Romanovna Makarova   born Oct. 21, 1940, Leningrad [St. Petersburg], Russia, U.S.S.R.       Russian-born ballerina considered to ...
Makarova, Natalia (Romanovna)
born Oct. 21, 1940, Leningrad, Russia, U.S.S.R. Russian ballerina. She trained in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and joined the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Ballet in 1959 to become a ...
Makassar
/meuh kas"euhr/, n. a former name of Ujung Pandang. Also, Macassar, Makasar. * * * ▪ Indonesia also spelled  Macassar , or  Makasar , formerly  Ujungpandang , or ...
Makassar Strait
a strait between Borneo and Sulawesi (Celebes): naval engagement between the Allied and the Japanese 1942. Also, Makasar Strait, Macassar Strait. * * * Narrow passage of the ...
Makassarese
/meuh kas'euh reez", -rees"/, n., pl. Makassarese for 1. 1. a member of a Muslim people of southwestern Sulawesi, near Ujung Pandang, closely related to the Buginese. 2. the ...
MakassarStrait
Makassar Strait A strait between Borneo and Sulawesi connecting the Java Sea with the Celebes Sea. * * *
Makatea
▪ island, French Polynesia       island of French Polynesia, administratively part of the Tuamotu-Gambier administrative subdivision. It lies in the central South ...
Makati
Ma·ka·ti (mä'kə-tēʹ) A city of southwest Luzon, Philippines, a suburb of Manila. Population: 408,991. * * * ▪ Philippines  city, south-central Luzon, Philippines. A ...
make
make1 —makable, adj. /mayk/, v., made, making, n. v.t. 1. to bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc.: to make a dress; to make a channel; to ...
make bail
➡ prisons * * *
make-ahead
/mayk"euh hed'/, adj. that can be prepared in advance: a make-ahead casserole. * * *
make-and-break
/mayk"euhn brayk"/, adj. noting or pertaining to a device, operated by an electric current, for automatically opening or closing a circuit once it has been closed or opened by a ...
make-believe
/mayk"bi leev'/, n. 1. pretense, esp. of an innocent or playful kind; feigning; sham: the make-believe of children playing. 2. a pretender; a person who pretends. adj. 3. ...
make-do
/mayk"dooh'/, n., pl. make-dos, adj. n. 1. something that serves as a substitute, esp. of an inferior or expedient nature: We had to get along with make-dos during the ...
make-or-break
/mayk"euhr brayk"/, adj. either completely successful or utterly disastrous: a make-or-break marketing policy. [1915-20] * * *
make-peace
/mayk"pees'/, n. a peacemaker. [1510-20; n. use of v. phrase make peace] * * *
make-ready
/mayk"red'ee/, n. 1. Print. the process of preparing a form for printing by overlays or underlays to equalize the impression. 2. the act or process of making something ready for ...
make-work
/mayk"werrk'/, n. work, usually of little importance, created to keep a person from being idle or unemployed. [1935-40, Amer.; n. use of v. phrase make work] * * *
makeable
See makable. * * *
Makeba, Miriam
▪ 2009 Zensi Miriam Makeba; “Mama Afrika”        South African singer born March 4, 1932, Prospect township, near Johannesburg, S.Af. died Nov. 10, 2008, Castel ...
makebate
/mayk"bayt'/, n. Archaic. a person who causes contention or discord. [1520-30; MAKE1 + bate contention, discord (ME, deriv. of baten to fight, strive; see BATE2)] * * *
Makeevka
/meuh kay"euhf keuh/; Russ. /mu kye"yif keuh/, n. Makeyevka. * * *
makefast
/mayk"fast', -fahst'/, n. Naut. any structure to which a ship is tied up, as a bollard or buoy. [1895-1900; n. use of v. phrase make fast] * * *
makeless
/mayk"lis/, adj. Archaic. having no mate or match. [1150-1200; ME; see MAKE2, -LESS] * * *
Makem, Tommy
▪ 2008 Thomas James Makem  Irish folk musician born Nov. 4, 1932 , Keady, County Armagh, N.Ire. died Aug. 1, 2007, Dover, N.H. earned the sobriquet “godfather of modern ...
Makemake
▪ dwarf planet        dwarf planet orbiting the Sun beyond the orbit of Pluto. Originally called 2005 FY9, Makemake is named after the creator god of the Polynesian ...
Makemie
/meuh kem"ee, -kay"mee/, n. Francis, 1658?-1708, American Presbyterian clergyman, born in Ireland: founded the first Presbyterian church in America. * * *
Makemie, Francis
▪ American religious leader born c. 1658, , County Donegal, Ire. died 1707/08, probably near New York City [U.S.]       colonial Presbyterian (Presbyterian Church ...
Makeni
▪ Sierra Leone  town, central Sierra Leone. Makeni grew as a trade and collecting centre among the Temne people. Palm oil and kernels and rice collected in Makeni are ...
makeover
/mayk"oh'veuhr/, n. 1. remodeling; renovation; restoration: The old house needs a complete makeover. 2. a thorough course of beauty and cosmetic treatments: Assistants spent four ...
maker
/may"keuhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that makes. 2. a manufacturer (used in combination): drugmaker; garmentmaker. 3. (cap.) God. 4. the party executing a legal instrument, esp. ...
maker's mark
the personal mark of a goldsmith or silversmith, struck on the completed pieces. * * *
makeready
☆ makeready [māk′red΄ē] n. Printing the final adjustment of the printing surfaces on a press by the use of leveling devices, overlays, underlays, etc. * * *
makeshift
/mayk"shift'/, n. 1. a temporary expedient or substitute: We used boxes as a makeshift while the kitchen chairs were being painted. adj. 2. Also, makeshifty. serving as, or of ...
makeup
/mayk"up'/, n. 1. facial cosmetics, as eye shadow or lipstick. 2. cosmetics used on other parts of the body, as to cover birthmarks. 3. the application of cosmetics. 4. the ...
makeweight
/mayk"wayt'/, n. 1. something put in a scale to complete a required weight. 2. anything added to supply a lack. [1685-95; MAKE1 + WEIGHT] * * *
Makeyevka
/meuh kay"euhf keuh/; Russ. /mu kye"yif keuh/, n. a city in SE Ukraine, N of the Sea of Azov. 455,000. Also, Makeevka. * * *
Makgadikgadi
▪ region, Botswana formerly  Makarikari,         region of sandy alkaline clay depressions (pans) in northeastern Botswana. The pans form a broad inland basin that ...
Makhachkala
/meuh kahch'keuh lah"/; Russ. /meuh kheuhch ku lah"/, n. a seaport and capital of Dagestan, in the SW Russian Federation in Europe, on the Caspian Sea. 315,000. * * * ▪ ...
Makhlouf
/mahkh loohf", mah kloohf"/, n. Saint Sharbel /shahr"beuhl/, 1828-98, Lebanese monk: canonized 1977. * * *
Maki Fumihiko
▪ Japanese architect born September 16, 1928, Tokyo, Japan       postwar Japanese architect who fused the lessons of Modernism with Japanese architectural ...
maki-e
▪ lacquerwork       (Japanese: “sprinkled picture”), lacquer ware on which the design is made by sprinkling or spraying wet lacquer with metallic powder, usually ...
maki-zushi
/mah"kee zooh"shee/, n. See under sushi. [ < Japn] * * *
makimono
/mah'keuh moh"noh/; Japn. /mah"kee maw'naw/, n., pl. makimonos, makimono. a horizontal hand scroll containing either text or a captioned painting, intended to be viewed as it is ...
making
/may"king/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that makes: The making of a violin requires great skill. 2. structure; constitution; makeup. 3. the means or cause of success or ...
Makino, Masahiro
▪ 1994       Japanese film director (b. Feb. 29, 1908, Kyoto, Japan—d. Oct. 29, 1993, Tokyo, Japan), specialized in creating action films that featured loners as ...
Makiyivka
Ma·ki·yiv·ka or Ma·ke·yev·ka (mə-kēʹəv-kə, mä-kēʹyēw-kä) A city of eastern Ukraine northeast of Donets'k. It is a major metallurgical and coal-mining center. ...
Makkah
/mak"keuh, -kah/, n. Mecca (def. 1). * * *
Maklakov, Vasily Alekseyevich
▪ Russian politician born May 10 [May 22, New Style], 1869 died July 15, 1957, Zürich, Switz.       liberal Russian political figure and a leading advocate of a ...
mako
/may"koh, mah"-/, n., pl. makos. a powerful mackerel shark, Isurus oxyrinchus, of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Also called mako shark. [1720-30; < Maori] * * * ▪ ...
mako shark
Any of certain potentially dangerous sharks (genus Isurus) in the mackerel shark family (Isuridae). Two species are generally recognized: the Atlantic I. oxyrinchus and the ...
Makokou
▪ Gabon also spelled  Makoku,         town, northeastern Gabon, on the Ivindo River where it receives the Liboumba and Mounianghi rivers. Pygmies live in the ...
Makonde
/meuh kohn"day/, n., pl. Makondes, (esp. collectively) Makonde for 1. 1. a member of a people living in northeastern Mozambique and southeastern Tanzania, renowned as ...
Makran
▪ region, Asia also spelled  Mekran , Persian  Mokrān , Pakistani  Makrān        coastal region of Baluchistan in southeastern Iran and southwestern Pakistan, ...
Makrān
▪ administrative division, Pakistan also spelled  Mekrān,         division of Balochistān province, Pakistan. Administratively it comprises Turbat, Gwādar, and ...
Makri rug
 floor covering handwoven in or near the coastal village of Fethiye, southwest Turkey. These are rare, comparatively small rugs with rather simple, bold designs and rich, ...
Maksimov, Vladimir Yemelyanovich
▪ 1996       (LEV ALEKSEYEVICH SAMSONOV), Russian writer (b. Dec. 10, 1930, Moscow, U.S.S.R.—d. March 26, 1995, Paris, France), was a dissident novelist and poet, ...
maksoorah
/mahk soor"euh/, n. (in a mosque) a screen or partition enclosing an area for prayer or a tomb. [ < Ar maqsurah] * * *
Maksutov telescope
/mak"soo tawf', -tof'/ a reflecting telescope in which coma and spherical aberration are reduced to a minimum by a combination of a spherical mirror and a meniscus lens placed ...
maktab
▪ Islam also called  Kuttāb        (Arabic: “school”), Muslim elementary school. Until the 20th century, boys were instructed in Qurʾān recitation, reading, ...
Maktūm dynasty
or Āl Maktūm ("Maktūm family") Ruling family of the emirate of Dubayy (Dubai) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). One of the two members of the Āl Bū Falāsāh family to ...
Maktūm, Rāshid ibn Saʿīd, Sheikh Āl
▪ Arab statesman also spelled  Sheikh Rashid ibn Said Al Maktum , Maktūm also spelled  Maktoum  born 1910?, in the desert inland from the Persian Gulf died Oct. 7, 1990, ...
Maktum, Sheikh Maktum ibn Rashid al-
▪ 2007  Arab royal, government leader, and racehorse owner-breeder (b. 1943, Shindagha, Dubai—d. Jan. 4, 2006, Main Beach, Queen., Australia), was the pragmatic ruler (from ...
Makú
▪ South American people       any of several South American Indian societies who traditionally hunted, gathered wild plant foods, and fished in the basins of the Río ...
Makua
/meuh kwah"/, n. 1. a member of a people living in northern Mozambique and adjacent regions of Tanzania and Malawi. 2. the Bantu language spoken by the Makua. * * *
Makua language
Makua also spelled  Macua  or  Makhuwa        a Bantu language that is closely related to Lomwe and is spoken in northern Mozambique. The Bantu languages form a ...
Makurdi
▪ Nigeria       town, capital of Benue state, east-central Nigeria. It lies on the south bank of the Benue River. Founded about 1927 when the railroad from Port ...
makuta
/mah kooh"teuh/, n. pl. of likuta. * * *
Mal
Mal abbrev. 1. Bible Malachi 2. Malay 3. Malayan 4. Malaysia 5. Malaysian * * *
mal de mer
/mannl deuh merdd"/ French. seasickness. * * *
mal du pays
/mannl dyuu pay ee"/, French. homesickness. * * *
mal-
a combining form meaning "bad," "wrongful," "ill," occurring originally in loanwords from French (malapert); on this model, used in the formation of other words (malfunction; ...
Mal.
1. Malachi. 2. Malayan. * * *
mala fide
/mah"lah fee"de/; Eng. /may"leuh fuy"dee/, Latin. in bad faith; not genuine. * * *
mala fides
/mah"lah fee"des/; Eng. /may"leuh fuy"deez/, Latin. bad faith; intent to cheat or deceive. Cf. bona fides (def. 1). * * *
Malabar Coast
/mal"euh bahr'/ a region along the entire SW coast of India, extending from the Arabian Sea inland to the Western Ghats. Also called Malabar. * * * Region, southwestern coast of ...
MalabarCoast
Mal·a·bar Coast (mălʹə-bär') A region of southwest India bordering on the Arabian Sea and bounded on the east by the Western Ghats. * * *
Malabarese Catholic Church
▪ church, India       a Chaldean rite church of southern India (Kerala) that united with Rome after the Portuguese colonization of Goa at the end of the 15th century. ...
Malabo
/meuh lah"boh/, n. a town in and the capital of Equatorial Guinea, on N Bioko island. 75,000. Formerly, Santa Isabel. * * * formerly (until 1973) Santa Isabel City (pop., 1995 ...
malabsorption
/mal'euhb sawrp"sheuhn, -zawrp"-/, n. Pathol. faulty absorption of nutritive material from the intestine. [1930-35; MAL- + ABSORPTION] * * *
Malacca
—Malaccan, adj., n. /meuh lak"euh, -lah"keuh/, n. 1. a state in Malaysia, on the SW Malay Peninsula: formerly a part of the British Straits Settlements and of the Federation of ...
Malacca cane
a cane or walking stick made of the brown, often mottled or clouded stem of an East Indian rattan palm, Calamus scipionum. [1835-45] * * *
Malacca, Strait of
Channel connecting the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. It lies between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula. It is 500 mi (800 km) long and is funnel-shaped; only 40 mi (65 km) ...
Malacca, sultanate of
(1403?–1511) Malay dynasty that ruled the great entrepôt of Malacca (Melaka) and its dependencies. Malacca, which commanded the main sea route between India and China, was ...
Malacca,Strait of
Malacca, Strait of A channel between Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula connecting the Andaman Sea with the South China Sea. * * *
Malachi
/mal"euh kuy'/, n. 1. a Minor Prophet of the 5th century B.C. 2. the book of the Bible bearing his name. Abbr.: Mal. Also, Douay Bible, Malachias /mal'euh kuy"euhs/. * * * The ...
Malachi, The Book of
▪ Old Testament also called  The Prophecy Of Malachias,         the last of 12 Old Testament books that bear the names of the Minor Prophets, grouped together as the ...
malachite
/mal"euh kuyt'/, n. 1. a green mineral, basic copper carbonate, Cu2CO3(OH)2, an ore of copper, used for making ornamental articles. 2. a ceramic ware made in imitation of ...
malachite green
▪ drug and dye also called  aniline green,  benzaldehyde green , or  china green        triphenylmethane dye used medicinally in dilute solution as a local ...
Malachy, Saint
born 1094, Armagh, County Armagh, Ire. died Nov. 2/3, 1148, Clairvaux, France; canonized 1190; feast day November 3 Irish archbishop and religious reformer. He studied at ...
malacia
—malacoid /mal"euh koyd'/, adj. —malacotic /mal'euh kot"ik/, adj. /meuh lay"sheuh, -shee euh, -see euh/, n. Pathol. 1. softening, or loss of consistency, of an organ or ...
malaco-
a combining form meaning "soft," used in the formation of compound words: malacopterygian. [ < Gk malako-, comb. form of malakós] * * *
malacological
See malacology. * * *
malacologist
See malacological. * * *
malacology
—malacological /mal'euh keuh loj"i keuhl/, adj. —malacologist, n. /mal'euh kol"euh jee/, n. the science dealing with the study of mollusks. [1830-40; < F malacologie, ...
malacopterygian
/mal'euh kop'teuh rij"ee euhn/, adj. belonging or pertaining to the Malacopterygii (Malacopteri), a group of soft-finned, teleost fishes. [1825-35; < NL Malacopterygi(i) (malaco- ...
malacostracan
/mal'euh kos"treuh keuhn/, adj. 1. belonging or pertaining to the crustacean subclass Malacostraca, which includes the lobsters, shrimps, crabs, etc. n. 2. a malacostracan ...
maladaptation
/mal'ad euhp tay"sheuhn/, n. incomplete, inadequate, or faulty adaptation. [1875-80; MAL- + ADAPTATION] * * *
maladapted
/mal'euh dap"tid/, adj. poorly suited or adapted to a particular condition or set of circumstances: maladapted to the demands of modern society. [1940-45; MAL- + ADAPTED] * * *
maladaptive
/mal'euh dap"tiv/, adj. of, pertaining to, or characterized by maladaptation: The maladaptive behavior of isolated children was difficult to change. [1930-35; MAL- + ADAPTIVE] * ...
maladjusted
/mal'euh jus"tid/, adj. badly or unsatisfactorily adjusted, esp. in relationship to one's social circumstances, environment, etc. [1880-85; MAL- + ADJUSTED] * * *
maladjustive
maladjustive [mal΄ə jus′tiv] adj. not leading to proper adjustment * * *
maladjustment
/mal'euh just"meuhnt/, n. bad or unsatisfactory adjustment. [1825-35; MAL- + ADJUSTMENT] * * *
maladminister
—maladministration, n. —maladministrator, n. /mal'euhd min"euh steuhr/, v.t. to administer or manage badly or inefficiently: The mayor was a bungler who maladministered the ...
maladministration
See maladminister. * * *
maladroit
—maladroitly, adv. —maladroitness, n. /mal'euh droyt"/, adj. lacking in adroitness; unskillful; awkward; bungling; tactless: to handle a diplomatic crisis in a very maladroit ...
maladroitly
See maladroit. * * *
maladroitness
See maladroitly. * * *
malady
/mal"euh dee/, n., pl. maladies. 1. any disorder or disease of the body, esp. one that is chronic or deepseated. 2. any undesirable or disordered condition: social maladies; a ...
malafide
ma·la fi·de (māʹlə fīʹdē, mäʹlä fēʹdĕ) adv. & adj. With or in bad faith.   [Latin malā fidē: malā, feminine ablative of malus, bad + fidē, ablative of fidēs, ...
Malaga
/mal"euh geuh/, n. 1. a strong, sweet dessert wine with a pronounced muscat grape flavor, esp. that produced in Málaga, Spain. 2. any of the grapes grown in or exported from ...
Málaga
/mal"euh geuh/; Sp. /mah"lah gah'/, n. 1. a province in S Spain, in Andalusia. 867,330; 2813 sq. mi. (7285 sq. km). 2. a seaport in S Spain, on the Mediterranean. 374,452. * * ...
Malagasy
/mal'euh gas"ee/, n., pl. Malagasy, Malagasies for 1. 1. a member of any of various peoples native to the island of Madagascar. 2. the Austronesian language of Madagascar. * * *
Malagasy languages
      a cluster of languages spoken on Madagascar and adjacent islands and belonging to the Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) family of languages. The various Malagasy ...
Malagasy peoples
Complex of about 20 ethnic groups in Madagascar. The largest group is the Merina ("Elevated People"), who primarily inhabit the central plateau. The second-largest group is the ...
Malagasy Republic
former name of Madagascar. * * *
MalagasyRepublic
Malagasy Republic See Madagascar. * * *
malaguena
/mal'euh gayn"yeuh/ or, often, /-gwayn"-/, n. a Spanish dance similar to the fandango, originating in Málaga. [1880-85; < Sp malagueña (fem.) of MÁLAGA; for suffix see ...
malaise
/ma layz", -meuh-/; Fr. /mann lez"/, n. 1. a condition of general bodily weakness or discomfort, often marking the onset of a disease. 2. a vague or unfocused feeling of mental ...
Malaita
Volcanic island, Solomon Islands, South Pacific Ocean. Located northeast of Guadalcanal, it is about 115 mi (185 km) long and 22 mi (35 km) across at its widest point and has an ...
Malakal
/mal"euh kal', mah"leuh kahl/, n. a city in E Sudan, on the White Nile. 30,000. * * * ▪ The Sudan       town, east-central Sudan (Sudan, The). It lies along the right ...
Malakbel
▪ Semitic god Aramaic“Messenger of Baal”       West Semitic sun god and messenger god, worshiped primarily in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra; (Palmyra) he was ...
Malakoff
▪ France       town, a southwestern industrial suburb of Paris, Hauts-de-Seine département, Île-de-France région, north-central France. Malakoff has an ...
Malakula
▪ island, Vanuatu also spelled  Malecula , French  Île Mallicolo   volcanic island, second largest island (781 square miles [2,023 square km]) of Vanuatu, in the ...
Malalas, John
▪ Byzantine chronicler born c. 491, , Antioch?, Syria, Byzantine Empire [now in Turkey] died c. 578       Byzantine chronicler of Syrian origin.       Malalas' ...
Malāmatīyah
▪ Ṣūfism       a Ṣūfī (Muslim mystic) group that flourished in Sāmānid Iran during the 8th century. The name Malāmatīyah was derived from the Arabic verb ...
Malāmatiyyah
Muslim mystic group in the Sufi tradition that flourished in Iran during the 8th century. The name, derived from the Arabic laʾma ("to be wicked"), refers to the group's focus ...
Malamud
/mal"euh meuhd, -mood'/, n. Bernard, 1914-86, U.S. novelist and short-story writer. * * *
Malamud, Bernard
born April 26, 1914, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S. died March 18, 1986, New York, N.Y. U.S. novelist and short-story writer. Born to Russian-Jewish immigrants, he was educated at City ...
Malamud,Bernard
Mal·a·mud (mălʹə-məd), Bernard. 1914-1986. American writer whose novels and short stories often depict Jewish characters coping with a lonely and seemingly unfair world. ...
malamute
/mal"euh myooht'/, n. (sometimes cap.) See Alaskan malamute. Also, malemute. [1895-1900; < Inupiaq malimiut name for local groups of Inupiaq of the Kotzebue Sound region, W ...
Malan
/mah lahn"/, n. Daniel François /frahn swah"/, 1874-1959, South African editor and political leader: prime minister 1948-54. * * *
Malan, Daniel F
▪ South African politician born May 22, 1874, near Riebeeck West, Cape Colony [now Cape of Good Hope, S.Af.] died Feb. 7, 1959, Stellenbosch, S.Af.       statesman and ...
Malan, Daniel F(rançois)
born May 22, 1874, near Riebeeck West, Cape Colony died Feb. 7, 1959, Stellenbosch, S.Af. South African politician. Malan obtained a doctorate in divinity (1905) and became a ...
Malan, François Stephanus
▪ South African politician born March 12, 1871, Wellington, Cape Colony [now Cape of Good Hope, S.Af.] died Dec. 31, 1941, Cape Town, S.Af.       politician who was a ...
malanders
/mal"euhn deuhrz/, n. (used with a sing. v.) Vet. Pathol. a dry, scabby or scurfy eruption or scratch behind the knee in a horse's foreleg. Also, mallanders, mallenders. Cf. ...
Malang
/mah lahng"/, n. a city on E Java, in S Indonesia. 422,400. * * * ▪ Indonesia       kotamadya (municipality), East Java (Jawa Timur) (Jawa Timur) propinsi (province), ...
malanga
/meuh lang"geuh/, n. a thick, fleshy-leaved South American plant, Xanthosoma atrovirens, of the arum family, having leaves up to 3 ft. (90 cm) long and nearly 2 ft. (60 cm) wide. ...
malanggan style
▪ art       one of the most sophisticated styles of carving in the South Pacific Islands, with a technical virtuosity, vocabulary of fantastic motifs, and range of ...
Malanje
/meuh lan"jeuh/, n. a city in N Angola. 45,000. Also, Malange /meuh lan"jeuh/. * * * ▪ Angola also spelled  Malange         town, north-central Angola. The town ...
Malankarese Catholic Church
▪ church, India       an Antiochene-rite member of the Eastern Catholic church, composed of former members of the Syrian Orthodox (Jacobite) Church of Kerala, India, who ...
Malaparte, Curzio
▪ Italian writer pseudonym of  Kurt Erich Suckert   born June 9, 1898, Prato, Italy died July 19, 1957, Rome       journalist, dramatist, short-story writer, and ...
malapert
—malapertly, adv. —malapertness, n. /mal"euh perrt'/, Archaic. adj. 1. unbecomingly bold or saucy. n. 2. a malapert person. [1375-1425; late ME: insolent < MF: unskillful. ...
malapertly
See malapert. * * *
malapertness
See malapertly. * * *
malapportion
malapportion [mal΄ə pôr′shən] vt. to apportion improperly or unfairly (voting districts, a legislature, etc.) malapportionment n. * * *
malapportioned
—malapportionment, n. /mal'euh pawr"sheuhnd, -pohr"-/, adj. (of a state or other political unit) poorly apportioned, esp. divided, organized, or structured in a manner that ...
malapportionment
See malapportioned. * * *
malaprop
/mal"euh prop'/, n. malapropism (def. 2). [1815-25; see MALAPROP] * * *
Malaprop
/mal"euh prop'/, n. Mrs. a character in Sheridan's The Rivals (1775), noted for her misapplication of words. * * *
malapropian
See malapropism. * * *
malapropism
—malapropistic, adj. /mal"euh prop iz'euhm/, n. 1. an act or habit of misusing words ridiculously, esp. by the confusion of words that are similar in sound. 2. an instance of ...
malapropos
/mal'ap reuh poh"/, adj. 1. inappropriate; out of place; inopportune; untimely: a malapropos remark. adv. 2. inappropriately; inopportunely. [1660-70; < F mal à propos badly ...
malar
/may"leuhr/, Anat. adj. 1. of or pertaining to the cheek or zygomatic bone. n. 2. Also, malar bone. See zygomatic bone. [1775-85; < NL malaris of, pertaining to the cheek, equiv. ...
Mälar
/may"leuhr, -lahr/, n. Lake, a lake in S Sweden, extending W from Stockholm. 440 sq. mi. (1140 sq. km). Swedish, Mälaren /me"lah rddeuhn/. * * *
Mälar, Lake
▪ lake, Sweden Swedish  Mälaren,        lake in eastern Sweden, located just west of Stockholm, which lies at the lake's junction with Salt Bay, an arm of the Baltic ...
malarbone
malar bone n. See zygomatic bone. * * *
Mälaren
Mä·lar·en (māʹlär'ən) A lake of southeast Sweden. Stockholm is located on both sides of the strait that connects the lake with the Baltic Sea. * * * Lake, eastern ...
malaria
—malarial, malarian, malarious, adj. /meuh lair"ee euh/, n. 1. Pathol. any of a group of diseases, usually intermittent or remittent, characterized by attacks of chills, fever, ...
malarial
See malaria. * * *
malarian
See malarial. * * *
malariology
—malariologist, n. /meuh lair'ee ol"euh jee/, n. the study of malaria. [1920-25; MALARI(A) + -O- + -LOGY] * * *
malarious
See malarial. * * *
malarkey
/meuh lahr"kee/, n. Informal. speech or writing designed to obscure, mislead, or impress; bunkum: The claims were just a lot of malarkey. Also, malarky. [1925-30, Amer.; orig. ...
Malaspina Family
▪ Italian family       feudal family powerful in northern Italy in the Middle Ages. Descended from Marquis Oberto I, who was created count palatine by the Holy Roman ...
Malaspina Glacier
▪ glacier, Alaska, United States       segment of the St. Elias Mountains (Saint Elias Mountains) glacier system, west of Yakutat Bay in southeastern Alaska, U.S. The ...
malassimilation
/mal'euh sim'euh lay"sheuhn/, n. Pathol. imperfect incorporation of nutrients into body tissue. [1860-65; MAL- + ASSIMILATION] * * *
malate
/mal"ayt, may"layt/, n. Chem. a salt or ester of malic acid. [1785-95; MAL(IC ACID) + -ATE2] * * *
Malatesta Family
▪ Italian family       Italian family that ruled Rimini, south of Ravenna, in the European Middle Ages and led the region's Guelf (Guelf and Ghibelline) (papal) party. ...
Malatesta, Errico
▪ Italian revolutionary Errico also spelled  Enrico   born Dec. 14, 1853, Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Kingdom of Naples [Italy] died July 22, 1932, Rome       Italian ...
Malatesta, Sigismondo Pandolfo
▪ ruler of Rimini born 1417 died Oct. 9, 1468, Rimini [Italy]       feudal ruler and condottiere who is often regarded as the prototype of the Italian Renaissance ...
malathion
/mal'euh thuy"on, -euhn/, n. an organic phosphate insecticide, C10H19O6S2P, of relatively low toxicity for mammals. [1953] * * * ▪ insecticide       trade name for an ...
Malatya
/mah'lah tyah"/, n. a city in central Turkey. 150,397. Ancient, Melitene. * * * ▪ Turkey       city, east-central Turkey. It lies in a fertile plain watered by the ...
Malawi
—Malawian, adj., n. /meuh lah"wee/, n. 1. Formerly, Nyasaland. a republic in SE Africa, on the W and S shores of Lake Malawi: formerly a British protectorate and part of the ...
Malawi, flag of
▪ Flag History       horizontally striped black-red-green national flag with a red half-sun on the black stripe. The flag has a width-to-length ratio of 2 to ...
Malawi, Lake
or Lake Nyasa Lake, southern Africa, bounded on the west and south by Malawi, on the east by Mozambique, and on the north by Tanzania. It is the southernmost and third largest ...
Malawi,Lake
Malawi, Lake See Nyasa, Lake. * * *
Malawian
See Malawi. * * * ➡ Malawi * * *
Malay
/may"lay, meuh lay"/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a racially intermixed, generally short-statured people who are the dominant population of the Malay ...
Malay Archipelago
an extensive island group in the Indian and Pacific oceans, SE of Asia, including the Greater and Lesser Sunda Islands, the Moluccas, and the Philippines. Also called Malaysia. * ...
Malay bear.
See sun bear. * * *
Malay language
Austronesian language with some 33 million first-language speakers in the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo, and other parts of Indonesia and Malaysia. Because Malay was spoken ...
Malay Peninsula
a peninsula in SE Asia, consisting of W (mainland) Malaysia and the S part of Thailand. Also called Malaya. * * * Peninsula, Southeast Asia. Comprising the mainland portion of ...
Malay States
a former name of Malaya (def. 2). * * *
Malaya
/meuh lay"euh/, n. 1. See Malay Peninsula. 2. Federation of. Formerly, Malay States, Malayan Union. a former federation of 11 states in the S Malay Peninsula: a British ...
Malayalam
/mal'euh yah"leuhm/, n. a Dravidian language spoken in extreme southwestern India. * * *
Malayalam language
Dravidian language spoken by more than 36 million people mainly in the Indian state of Kerala. Malayalam is closely related to Tamil, from which it is estimated to have ...
Malayan
/meuh lay"euhn/, adj., n. Malay. [MALAY + -AN] * * *
Malayan camphor
borneol. [1830-40] * * *
Malayan Emergency
(1948–60) Period of unrest following the creation of the Federation of Malaya (precursor of Malaysia) in 1948. The Communist Party of Malaya, which was mostly Chinese, was ...
Malayan lar
      species of gibbon (q.v.). * * *
Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army
▪ Malaysian history       guerrilla movement formed originally to oppose the Japanese occupation of Malaya during World War II. In December 1941 a rapid Japanese ...
Malayan People's Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA)
Guerrilla movement formed to oppose the Japanese occupation of Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia) during World War II. The British military, foreseeing a Japanese invasion, trained ...
MalayArchipelago
Malay Archipelago An island group of southeast Asia between Australia and the Asian mainland and separating the Indian and Pacific oceans. It includes Indonesia, the ...
Malayo-
a combining form of Malay. * * *
Malayo-Polynesian
/meuh lay"oh pol'euh nee"zheuhn, -sheuhn/, n., adj. Austronesian. * * *
MalayPeninsula
Malay Peninsula also Ma·la·ya (mə-lāʹə, mā-) A peninsula of southeast Asia comprising southwest Thailand, western Malaysia, and the island of Singapore. * * *
Malaysia
/meuh lay"zheuh, -sheuh/, n. 1. a constitutional monarchy in SE Asia: a federation, comprising the former British territories of Malaya, Sabah, and Sarawak: member of the ...
Malaysia, flag of
▪ Flag History       national flag consisting of seven red and seven white horizontal stripes and a blue canton with a yellow star and crescent. The width-to-length ...
Malaysian
/meuh lay"zheuhn, -sheuhn/, n. 1. a native or inhabitant of Malaysia. 2. Malay (def. 3). adj. 3. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Malaysia or its inhabitants. [1880-85; ...
Malbone, Edward Greene
▪ American painter born , August 1777, Newport, Rhode Island, U.S. died May 7, 1807, Savannah, Georgia  painter generally regarded as the greatest American ...
Malbork
▪ Poland German  Marienburg   city, Pomorskie województwo (province), northern Poland. It lies on the Nogat River, the easternmost distributary of the Vistula River delta. ...
malcoha
▪ bird also spelled  Malkoha,         any of several species of cuckoos of southern Asia, especially members of the genus Rhopodytes (often placed in Phaenicophaeus). ...
Malcolm
/mal"keuhm/, n. a male given name: from a Gaelic word meaning "disciple of Saint Columba." * * * (as used in expressions) Cowley Malcolm Lowry Clarence Malcolm Malcolm ...
Malcolm Arnold
➡ Arnold (II) * * *
Malcolm Bradbury
➡ Bradbury (I) * * *
Malcolm Campbell
➡ Campbell (III) * * *
Malcolm I
▪ king of Scotland also called  Malcolm MacDonald   died 954  king of the Picts and Scots (Alba).       Malcolm succeeded to the crown when his cousin Constantine II ...
Malcolm II
born с 954 died Nov. 25, 1034 King of Scotland (1005–34). He acquired the throne after killing Kenneth III and defeating a Northumbrian army at Carham (с 1016). He became ...
Malcolm III Canmore
born с 1031 died Nov. 13, 1093, near Alnick, Northumberland, Eng. King of Scotland (1058–93). The son of King Duncan I, he lived in exile in England after Macbeth murdered ...
Malcolm IV
▪ king of Scotland byname  Malcolm The Maiden   born 1141? died Dec. 9, 1165  king of Scotland (1153–65).       Malcolm ascended the throne at the age of 11. He ...
Malcolm McLaren
➡ McLaren (II) * * *
Malcolm Sargent
➡ Sargent (II) * * *
Malcolm X
/eks/, (Malcolm Little) 1925-65, U.S. black-rights activist and religious leader. * * * orig. Malcolm Little later El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz born May 19, 1925, Omaha, Neb., ...
Malcolm X: Advice to the Youth of Mississippi (1964)
▪ Primary Source       On December 31, 1964, a month and a half before he was assassinated, African American militant Malcolm X made the remarks from which this ...
MalcolmX
Mal·colm X (mălʹkəm ĕksʹ), Originally Malcolm Little. 1925-1965. American activist. A member of the Black Muslims (1952-1963), he advocated separatism and Black pride. ...
malcontent
—malcontentedly, adv. —malcontentedness, n. /mal'keuhn tent"/, adj. 1. not satisfied or content with currently prevailing conditions or circumstances. 2. dissatisfied with ...
Malczewski, Antoni
▪ Polish poet born June 3, 1793, Warsaw [Poland] or Knyaginino [Ukraine] died May 2, 1826, Warsaw       one of the first Polish Romantic poets. His single, superb poem ...
Malda
▪ India formerly  Old Malda , also spelled  Maldah        town, north-central West Bengal state, northeastern India. It lies just east of the confluence of the ...
malde mer
mal de mer (mălʹ də mârʹ) n. Seasickness.   [French : mal, sickness + de, of + mer, sea.] * * *
Malden
/mawl"deuhn/, n. a city in E Massachusetts, near Boston. 53,386. * * * ▪ Massachusetts, United States       city, Middlesex county, eastern Massachusetts, U.S. A ...
Malden Island
▪ atoll, Kiribati formerly  Independence Island    coral atoll in the Central and Southern Line Islands, part of Kiribati, southwestern Pacific Ocean. It is situated ...
maldevelopment
maldevelopment [mal΄di vel′əp mənt] n. MALFORMATION maldeveloped adj. * * *
maldistribution
—maldistributed /mal'di strib"yeuh tid/, adj. /mal'dis treuh byooh"sheuhn/, n. bad or unsatisfactory distribution, as of wealth, among a population or members of a ...
Maldivan
See Maldivian. * * *
Maldives
—Maldivian, /mawl div"ee euhn, mal-/, adj., n. /mawl"deevz, mal"duyvz/ a republic in the Indian Ocean, SW of India, consisting of about 2000 islands: British protectorate ...

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