[mey-yuh, mahy-uh]

noun Classical Mythology.

the eldest of the Pleiades and the mother of Hermes by Zeus. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maia

Historical Examples of maia

  • It has been suggested that it stands for Maia, a name of the Tuscan goddess.

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

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

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

  • Here Maia stayed for the whole summer, and really was not at all unhappy.

British Dictionary definitions for maia



Greek myth the eldest of the seven Pleiades, mother by Zeus of Hermes
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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).

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