(||Mai*kel") n. (Zoöl.) A South American carnivore of the genus Conepatus, allied to the skunk,
but larger, and having a longer snout. The tail is not bushy.
(||Mai*kong") n. (Zoöl.) A South American wild dog (Canis cancrivorus); the crab- eating dog.
(Mail) n. A spot. [Obs.]
(Mail), n. [F. maille, OF. also maaille, LL. medalia. See Medal.]
1. A small piece of money; especially, an English silver half-penny of the time of Henry V. [Obs.] [Written
also maile, and maille.]
2. Rent; tribute. [Obs., except in certain compounds and phrases, as blackmail, mails and duties, etc.]
Mail and duties (Scots Law), the rents of an estate, in whatever form paid.
(Mail), n. [OE. maile, maille, F. maille a ring of mail, mesh, network, a coat of mail, fr. L. macula
spot, a mesh of a net. Cf. Macle, Macula, Mascle.]
1. A flexible fabric made of metal rings interlinked. It was used especially for defensive armor. Chaucer.
Chain mail, Coat of mail. See under Chain, and Coat.
2. Hence generally, armor, or any defensive covering.
3. (Naut.) A contrivance of interlinked rings, for rubbing off the loose hemp on lines and white cordage.
4. (Zoöl.) Any hard protective covering of an animal, as the scales and plates of reptiles, shell of a lobster,
We . . . strip the lobster of his scarlet mail.Gay.
(Mail), v. t.
1. To arm with mail.
2. To pinion. [Obs.]
(Mail), n. [OE. male bag, OF. male, F. malle bag, trunk, mail, OHG. malaha, malha, wallet; akin
to D. maal, male; cf. Gael. & Ir. mala, Gr. molgo`s hide, skin.]
1. A bag; a wallet. [Obs.] Chaucer.
2. The bag or bags with the letters, papers, or other matter contained therein, conveyed under public
authority from one post office to another; the whole system of appliances used by government in the
conveyance and delivery of mail matter.
There is a mail come in to-day, with letters dated Hague.Tatler.
3. That which comes in the mail; letters, etc., received through the post office.
4. A trunk, box, or bag, in which clothing, etc., may be carried. [Obs.] Sir W. Scott.
Mail bag, a bag in which mailed matter is conveyed under public authority. Mail boat, a boat that
carries the mail. Mail catcher, an iron rod, or other contrivance, attached to a railroad car for catching
a mail bag while the train is in motion. Mail guard, an officer whose duty it is to guard the public
mails. [Eng.] Mail train, a railroad train carrying the mail.