Madreporic plate(Zoöl.), a perforated plate in echinoderms, through which water is admitted to the ambulacral tubes; — called also madreporic tubercule.

(Mad`re*po"ri*form) a. [Madrepore + -form.] (Zoöl.) Resembling a madreporian coral in form or structure.

(Mad"re*po*rite) n. [Cf. F. madréporite]

1. (Paleon.) A fossil coral.

2. (Zoöl.) The madreporic plate of echinoderms.

(Ma*drier") n. [F., from Sp. madero, or Pg. madeiro, fr. Sp. madera wood for building, timber, Pg. madeira, L. materia stuff, materials, lumber. See Matter.] A thick plank, used for several mechanical purposes; especially: (a) A plank to receive the mouth of a petard, with which it is applied to anything intended to be broken down. (b) A plank or beam used for supporting the earth in mines or fortifications.

2. Frenzy; ungovernable rage; extreme folly.

Syn. — Insanity; distraction; derangement; craziness; lunacy; mania; frenzy; franticness; rage; aberration; alienation; monomania. See Insanity.

(Ma*don"na) n. [It. madonna my lady. See Dame, Donna, and cf. Madame, Monkey.]

1. My lady; — a term of address in Italian formerly used as the equivalent of Madame, but for which Signora is now substituted. Sometimes introduced into English. Shak.

2. [pl. Madonnas ] A picture of the Virgin Mary

The Italian painters are noted for drawing the Madonnas by their own wives or mistresses.

(||Ma"do*qua) n. (Zoöl.) A small Abyssinian antelope about the size of a hare.

(||Ma`drague") n. [R.] A large fish pound used for the capture of the tunny in the Mediterranean; also applied to the seines used for the same purpose.

(Ma"dre*perl) n. [It. madreperla.] Mother-of-pearl.

(||Mad`re*po"ra) n. [NL. See Madrepore.] (Zoöl.) A genus of reef corals abundant in tropical seas. It includes than one hundred and fifty species, most of which are elegantly branched.Mad`re*po"ral a.

(||Mad`re*po*ra"ri*a) n. pl. [NL. See Madrepore.] (Zoöl.) An extensive division of Anthozoa, including most of the species that produce stony corals. See Illust. of Anthozoa.Mad`re*po*ra"ri*an a. & n.

(Mad"re*pore) n. [F. madrepore, perh. fr. madré spotted, fr. OF. madre, mazre, a kind of knotty wood with brown spots, fr. OHG. masar a knot, grain, or vein in wood, a speck, G. maser + pore (see Pore); or perh. F. madrépore is rather from It. madrepora, and this perh. fr. It. madre mother (see Mother) + Gr. a soft stone.] (Zoöl.) Any coral of the genus Madrepora; formerly, often applied to any stony coral.

(Mad`re*po"ri*an Mad`re*po"ric) a. (Zoöl.) Resembling, or pertaining to, the genus Madrepora.

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