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mare

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[ mair ]
/ mɛər /
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noun
a fully mature female horse or other equine animal.
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Origin of mare

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First recorded before 900; Middle English, mere, mare, maire “horse for riding; beast of burden,” Old English mere, myre “mare”; cognate with Old Frisian merie, Dutch merrie, German Mähre, Old Norse merr; the feminine equivalents to Old English mearh, Old High German marah, march, Old Norse marr, Irish marc, “horse, steed”; see also marshal

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH mare

mare , mayor

Other definitions for mare (2 of 4)

mare2
[ mair ]
/ mɛər /

noun Obsolete.

Origin of mare

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First recorded before 900; Middle English mare “night goblin; incubus,” Old English mære, mare, mere “nightmare; monster that oppresses people in their sleep”; cognate with German Mahre, Old Norse mara; see nightmare

Other definitions for mare (3 of 4)

mare3
[ mahr-ey, mair-ee ]
/ ˈmɑr eɪ, ˈmɛər i /

noun, plural ma·ri·a [mahr-ee-uh, mair-]. /ˈmɑr i ə, ˈmɛər-/. Astronomy.
any of the several large, dark plains on the moon and Mars: Galileo believed that the lunar features were seas when he first saw them through a telescope.

Origin of mare

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First recorded in 1760–70; from Latin: literally, “sea”

Other definitions for mare (4 of 4)

Mar.E.

abbreviation
Marine Engineer.
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British Dictionary definitions for mare (1 of 2)

mare1
/ (mɛə) /

noun
the adult female of a horse or zebra

Word Origin for mare

C12: from Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German mariha, Old Norse merr mare

British Dictionary definitions for mare (2 of 2)

mare2
/ (ˈmɑːreɪ, -rɪ) /

noun plural maria (ˈmɑːrɪə)
(capital when part of a name) any of a large number of huge dry plains on the surface of the moon, visible as dark markings and once thought to be seas: Mare Imbrium (Sea of Showers)
a similar area on the surface of Mars, such as Mare Sirenum

Word Origin for mare

from Latin: sea
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Scientific definitions for mare

mare
[ märā ]

Plural maria (rē-ə)
Any of the large, low-lying dark areas on the Moon or on Mars or other inner planets. The lunar maria are believed to consist of volcanic basalts, and many are believed to be basins formed initially by large impacts with meteoroids and later filled with lava flows. Compare terra.
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