- (used with a plural verb) Roman Religion. the souls of the dead; shades.
- (used with a singular verb) the spirit or shade of a particular dead person.
Origin of manes
- a.d. 216?–276?, Persian prophet: founder of Manicheanism.
- 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
Examples from the Web for manes
How she rode the horses to the spring, using their manes for a bridle!Little Ferns For Fanny's Little Friends
He must wash them clean, and not pull out their manes and tails.Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee
(His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
"Sure, 'tis a pair of oilskin pants he manes," cried Jimmie.Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise
With this he yoked his fleet horses, with hoofs of bronze and manes of glittering gold.The Iliad
The bowl of milk, which to-day is presented to me, will shortly be presented to my Manes.Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
- the spirits of the dead, often revered as minor deities
- (functioning as singular) the shade of a dead person
- See Mani
- the long coarse hair that grows from the crest of the neck in such mammals as the lion and horse
- long thick human hair
Word Origin and History for manes
"Gods of the Lower World," in Roman religion, from Latin manes "departed spirit, ghost, shade of the dead, deified spirits of the underworld," usually said to be from Latin manus "good," thus properly "the good gods," a euphemistic word, but Tucker suggests a possible connection instead to macer, thus "the thin or unsubstantial ones."
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").