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Mardi Gras the day before the beginning of Lent, celebrated by some Christians with elaborate merrymaking; Shrove Tuesday.
mare1 a mature female horse or horselike animal.
mare2 a large flat dark area on the moon or Mars.
mare's-nest something thought to be an incredible discovery that turns out to have been a hoax or delusion. [2 definitions]
mare's-tail a narrow, filmy, sweeping band of cirrus cloud that resembles a horse's tail blowing in the breeze. [2 definitions]
margarine a butter substitute made of hydrogenated vegetable oils, milk, coloring agents, and other ingredients; oleo.
margarita a cocktail made of tequila and lemon or lime juice and usu. served in a glass whose rim is coated with salt.
margarite a mineral related to mica that has a pearly sheen.
margay a spotted cat of Central and South America that resembles an ocelot.
margin an edge and the border area near it. [9 definitions]
marginal of, concerning, near, or forming a margin. [4 definitions]
marginalia notes in the margin or margins of a book or other printed matter.
marginalize to exclude or treat as being of no importance, esp. so as to divert attention from.
marginate having a margin or distinct border. [2 definitions]
margrave the military governor of a medieval German border province.
margravine a margrave's wife or widow.
marguerite a plant that is cultivated for its daisylike, yellow-centered, pink, yellow, and white flowers.
maria pl. of mare2.
mariachi a street band in Mexico, its members often playing dance music and wearing traditional costumes. [3 definitions]
Maria Montessori Italian-born U.S. psychiatrist and educator who founded an educational method for young children that emphasizes self-directed, independent learning and nurture of the whole personality (b.1870--d.1952).
mariculture the cultivation, in salt water, of marine organisms.