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magnolia any of a number of widely distributed trees or shrubs, usu. with large, colorful, aromatic flowers that bloom before the leaves appear. [2 definitions]
magnum a wine or spirit bottle holding 1.5 liters, or about fifty ounces. [3 definitions]
magnum opus a great work of art, literature, or music, esp. a particular person's masterpiece.
magpie any of several related birds having long tails, white markings on black plumage, and a noisy, chattering call. [3 definitions]
maguey any of numerous plants related to the amaryllis and found in tropical America, such as the agave and the century plant.
magus a member of a Zoroastrian priestly class of ancient Media and Persia. [3 definitions]
mag wheel an automobile or truck wheel of steel alloyed with magnesium or aluminum and thus relatively lightweight and shiny.
Magyar a member of the dominant population of Hungary. [3 definitions]
Mahabharata an ancient Sanskrit epic poem of India, attributed to Vyasa, that recounts the life of Krishna and that contains the Bhagavad-Gita.
maharajah an Indian sovereign, esp. the ruler of one of the major states.
maharani the wife or widow of a maharajah. [2 definitions]
maharishi a Hindu wise man and teacher of spirituality and mysticism.
mahatma (sometimes cap.) in Buddhism and theosophy, any of a class of persons revered for their wisdom and love of humanity.
Mahayana the later of two major branches of Buddhism, stressing universal salvation and disinterested concern for the welfare of others. (Cf. Hinayana.)
Mahican a member of a tribe or confederacy of North American Indians formerly living in the upper Hudson Valley. [2 definitions]
mah-jongg a Chinese game played with small tiles that are drawn in turn until one of usu. four players has gotten the winning combination of tiles.
mahogany any of several related trees of the American tropics that yield a dark, reddish hardwood. [4 definitions]
mahout an elephant keeper or driver, esp. in India.
maid a female servant. [2 definitions]
maiden an unmarried girl or young woman. [4 definitions]
maidenhair any of various related ferns with slender, dark stalks and delicate, light-green fronds.