Mealy bug(Zoöl.), a scale insect covered with a white powderlike substance. It is a common pest in hothouses.

(Meal"y-mouthed`) a. Using soft words; plausible; affectedly or timidly delicate of speech; unwilling to tell the truth in plain language. "Mealy-mouthed philanthropies." Tennyson.

She was a fool to be mealy-mouthed where nature speaks so plain.

Meal"y-mouth`ness n.

(Mean) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Meant (ment); p. pr. & vb. n. Meaning.] [OE. menen, AS. m&aemacrnan to recite, tell, intend, wish; akin to OS. menian to have in mind, mean, D. meenen, G. meinen, OHG. meinan, Icel. meina, Sw. mena, Dan. mene, and to E. mind. &radic104. See Mind, and cf. Moan.]

1. To have in the mind, as a purpose, intention, etc.; to intend; to purpose; to design; as, what do you mean to do ?

What mean ye by this service ?
Ex. xii. 26.

Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good.
Gen. 1. 20.

I am not a Spaniard
To say that it is yours and not to mean it.

2. To signify; to indicate; to import; to denote.

What mean these seven ewe lambs ?
Gen. xxi. 29.

Go ye, and learn what that meaneth.
Matt. ix. 13.

(Mean), v. i. To have a purpose or intention. [Rare, except in the phrase to mean well, or ill.] Shak.

(Mean) a. [Compar. Meaner (men"er); superl. Meanest.] [OE. mene, AS. m&aemacrne wicked; akin to man, a., wicked, n., wickedness, OS. men wickedness, OHG. mein, G. meineid perjury, Icel. mein harm, hurt, and perh. to AS. gem&aemacrne common, general, D. gemeen, G. gemein, Goth. gamáins, and L. communis. The AS. gem&aemacrne prob. influenced the meaning.]

1. Destitute of distinction or eminence; common; low; vulgar; humble. "Of mean parentage." Sir P. Sidney.

The mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself.
Is. ii. 9.

Mealies to Measure

(Meal"ies) n. pl. [From Mealy.] (Bot.) Maize or Indian corn; — the common name in South Africa.

(Meal"i*ness) n. The quality or state of being mealy.

(Meal"-mouthed`) a. See Mealy-mouthed.

(Meal"time`) n. The usual time of eating a meal.

(Meal"y) a. [Compar. Mealier ; superl. Mealiest.]

1. Having the qualities of meal; resembling meal; soft, dry, and friable; easily reduced to a condition resembling meal; as, a mealy potato.

2. Overspread with something that resembles meal; as, the mealy wings of an insect. Shak.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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