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[meyn] /meɪn/
the long hair growing on the back of or around the neck and neighboring parts of some animals, as the horse or lion.
Informal. (on a human being) a head of distinctively long and thick or rough hair.
Origin of mane
before 900; Middle English; Old English manu; cognate with German Mähne, Dutch manen, Old Norse mǫn
Related forms
maned, adjective
maneless, adjective
unmaned, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for maned
Historical Examples
  • Then he jumps on the maned palfrey, which is now ready for inspection.

    Four Arthurian Romances Chretien DeTroyes
  • Some are maned like lions, some have young, keen faces, but all leave an impression of familiarity upon me.

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
  • I tell yer the maned white wolf is wiser'n most people, and but for eating his cubs, he's nature's gentleman.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • maned, having a mane; Mane′less, without a mane; Mane′-like (Tenn.), like a mane: hanging in the form of a mane.

  • This monster has a maned neck, resembling a horse, a back of a grey colour, the belly inclining to white.

    Mythical Monsters

    Charles Gould
  • Baron Harlech has for dexter supporter, and also for crest, an heraldic tigre argent, maned and tufted sable.

  • And also two huge snake-like creatures with crested backs and maned heads, veritable sea-serpents.

  • They have learnt to kill one another in glittering cuirasses, in helmets topped with plumes, or maned with scarlet.

    A Mummer's Tale Anatole France
  • When the manes of horses, unicorns, &c. are of a different tincture from their bodies they are said to be maned.

British Dictionary definitions for maned


the long coarse hair that grows from the crest of the neck in such mammals as the lion and horse
long thick human hair
Derived Forms
maned, adjective
maneless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English manu; related to Old High German mana, Old Norse mön, and perhaps to Old English mene and Old High German menni necklace
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Word Origin and History for maned



Old English manu "mane," from Proto-Germanic *mano (cf. Old Norse mön, Old Frisian mana, Middle Dutch mane, Dutch manen, Old High German mana, German Mähne "mane"), from PIE *mon- "neck, nape of the neck" (cf. Sanskrit manya "nape of the neck," Old English mene "necklace," Latin monile "necklace," Welsh mwng "mane," Old Church Slavonic monisto, Old Irish muin "neck").

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