- the eldest of the Pleiades and the mother of Hermes by Zeus.
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Historical Examples of maia
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.
- Greek myth the eldest of the seven Pleiades, mother by Zeus of Hermes
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).