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[mour-ee-uh] /ˈmaʊr i ə/
a member of an ancient Indian people who united northern India and established an empire 322–184 b.c.
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Mauryan, adjective Unabridged
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  • He's young, Maurya; when he gets oulder, he'll know betther.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • Neighbours and a piper who have come to Maurya's house for a dance.

    Poets and Dreamers Lady Augusta Gregory and Others
  • Maurya comes in very slowly, without looking at the girls, and goes over to her stool at the other side of the fire.

    Riders to the Sea J. M. Synge
  • Maurya took no notice of them, and seemed to be taken up with her cooking, her back turned to the intruders.

    By the Barrow River Edmund Leamy
  • Maurya Regaun, I am asking leave of you to throw that ill-mannerly, drunken vagabond out of the house.

    Poets and Dreamers Lady Augusta Gregory and Others
  • The Nanda dynasty thus comes to an end and Chandragupta becomes the founder of the Maurya dynasty.

  • When Sheela was going out, Maurya let a screech out of her which was heard for a mile on every side of her.

  • Sheela ran as fast as was in her to Father Brian's house, and returned with him running to Maurya's house.

  • God help you Maurya; I'm afraid there's a long time before your poor soul in Purgatory.

  • Like the Buddhists, the Jains claim to have been patronised by the Maurya princes.

British Dictionary definitions for Maurya


a dynasty (?321–?185 bc) that united most of the Indian subcontinent and presided over a great flowering of Indian civilization
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