(Map"like`) a. Having or consisting of lines resembling a map; as, the maplike figures in which
certain lichens grow.
(Map"per*y) n. [From Map.] The making, or study, of maps. [Obs.] Shak.
(Ma"qui) n. (Bot.) A Chilian shrub Its bark furnishes strings for musical instruments, and a medicinal
wine is made from its berries.
(Mar) n. A small lake. See Mere. [Prov. Eng.]
(Mar), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Marred (märd); p. pr. & vb. n. Marring.] [OE. marren, merren, AS.
merran, myrran to obstruct, impede, dissipate; akin to OS. merrian, OHG. marrjan, merran; cf. D. marren,
meeren, to moor a ship, Icel. merja to bruise, crush, and Goth. marzjan to offend. Cf. Moor, v.]
1. To make defective; to do injury to, esp. by cutting off or defacing a part; to impair; to disfigure; to deface.
I pray you mar no more trees with wiring love songs in their barks.Shak.
But mirth is marred, and the good cheer is lost.Dryden.
Ire, envy, and despairMilton.
Which marred all his borrowed visage.
2. To spoil; to ruin. "It makes us, or it mars us." "Striving to mend, to mar the subject." Shak.
(Mar), n. A mark or blemish made by bruising, scratching, or the like; a disfigurement.
(||Ma"ra) n. [Skr. mara.] (Hind. Myth.) The principal or ruling evil spirit. E. Arnold.
(||Ma"ra), n. [Icel. mara nightmare, an ogress. See Nightmare.] (Norse Myth.) A female demon
who torments people in sleep by crouching on their chests or stomachs, or by causing terrifying visions.
(||Ma"ra), n. (Zoöl.) The Patagonian cavy
(Mar`a*bou") n. [F.]
1. (Zoöl.) A large stork of the genus Leptoptilos esp. the African species which furnishes plumes worn
as ornaments. The Asiatic species (L. dubius, or L. argala) is the adjutant. See Adjutant. [Written also
2. One having five eighths negro blood; the offspring of a mulatto and a griffe. [Louisiana] Bartlett.
(Marabout") n. [F., from Pg. marabuto, Ar. morabit. Cf. Maravedi.] A Mohammedan
saint; especially, one who claims to work cures supernaturally.
(Mar"a*can) n. [Braz. maracaná.] (Zoöl.) A macaw.
(||Ma*rai") n. A sacred inclosure or temple; so called by the islanders of the Pacific Ocean.
(Mar`a*nath"a) n. [Aramaic maran atha.] "Our Lord cometh;" an expression used by St.
Paul at the conclusion of his first Epistle to the Corinthians This word has been used in anathematizing
persons for great crimes; as much as to say, "May the Lord come quickly to take vengeance of thy crimes." See
Anathema maranatha, under Anathema.
(Ma*ran"ta) n. [NL.] (Bot.) A genus of endogenous plants found in tropical America, and some
species also in India. They have tuberous roots containing a large amount of starch, and from one species
(Maranta arundinacea) arrowroot is obtained. Many kinds are cultivated for ornament.