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[mey-yuh, mahy-uh] /ˈmeɪ yə, ˈmaɪ ə/
noun, Classical Mythology.
the eldest of the Pleiades and the mother of Hermes by Zeus. Unabridged
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  • It has been suggested that it stands for Maia, a name of the Tuscan goddess.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • So on he sped to the woody heights of Kyllene, and stood on the doorstep of Maia's cave.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • Here Maia stayed for the whole summer, and really was not at all unhappy.

  • And for this blindness Maia felt truly glad, as she did not want a mole for a husband.

  • However, by-and-by he paid his promised visit, and Maia did not like him at all.

  • The herm on the opposite side of the court probably represented Maia.

  • For, let me tell you something: you are not really born to be a mountain-climber, little Maia.

    When We Dead Awaken Henrik Ibsen
  • But do you know what is the most hopeless thing of all, Maia?

    When We Dead Awaken Henrik Ibsen
  • That is why I cannot get on with you any longer, Maia—not with you alone.

    When We Dead Awaken Henrik Ibsen
  • In fact it is all very handsome and distinguished, Maia, there's no denying that.

    When We Dead Awaken Henrik Ibsen
British Dictionary definitions for Maia


(Greek myth) the eldest of the seven Pleiades, mother by Zeus of Hermes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Maia

Roman goddess of fertility, Latin Maia, literally "she who brings increase," related to magnus "great" (see magnate). Maia, one of the Pleiades, is from Greek Maia, daughter of Atlas, mother of Hermes, literally "mother, good mother, dame; foster-mother, nurse, midwife," said by Watkins to be from infant babbling (see mamma).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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