2. Frenzy; ungovernable rage; extreme folly.
Syn. Insanity; distraction; derangement; craziness; lunacy; mania; frenzy; franticness; rage; aberration; alienation; monomania.
(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.Rymer.
(||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
(||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.
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*an Mad`re*po"ric) a. (Zoöl.) Resembling, or pertaining to, the genus Madrepora.
(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.