Origin of Maria1
- a female given name, form of Mary.
- a fully mature female horse or other equine animal.
Origin of mare1
Origin of mare2
- 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 mare3
Examples from the Web for maria
Maria Borges, an African model in her second VS show, said everyone back home in Angola would be watching her.I Got Kicked Out Of The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
December 3, 2014
But her friend, 81-year-old Maria Teresa Falcinelli, has a different point of view.Did This Flu Vaccine Kill 13?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2014
On a recent afternoon, the head of the Social Inquiry Foundation, Maria Gaidar, received two elderly ladies in her Moscow office.Putin’s Health Care Disaster
November 30, 2014
“This is home now,” Maria Grazia Visconti told The Daily Beast as she walked her dog along one of the “new town” streets.Madonna, Carla Bruni & Obama Abandoned Pledges To Rebuild L'Aquila After The Quake
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 18, 2014
Maria Tomak says a colleague presented the document directly to Poroshenko when he met with volunteers on August 21.Corruption Eats Away at Ukraine Military
October 21, 2014
"You all's goin' to have tea in the Cun'ls room to-night," said Maria.
Just then Maria put her head in at the door to say, "May Lilly, yo' mammy's callin' you."
Maria had warned her not to waken her grandfather, so she admired it in whispers.
Why, Maria, if you look close ye can see jes' where the ants crawl in and out.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Vere is the pretty Maria to go then, vid her silks and her satins, her kegs and her cases'?Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
- the plural of mare 2
- the adult female of a horse or zebra
- (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 and History for maria
fem. proper name, from Late Latin; see Mary.
"night-goblin, incubus," Old English mare "incubus, nightmare, monster," from mera, mære, from Proto-Germanic *maron "goblin" (cf. Middle Low German mar, Middle Dutch mare, Old High German mara, German Mahr "incubus," Old Norse mara "nightmare, incubus"), from PIE *mora- "incubus" (cf. first element in Old Irish Morrigain "demoness of the corpses," literally "queen of the nightmare," also Bulgarian, Serbian mora, Czech mura, Polish zmora "incubus;" French cauchemar, with first element from Old French caucher "to trample"), from root *mer- "to rub away, harm" (see morbid).
"female horse," Old English mere (Mercian), myre (West Saxon), fem. of mearh "horse," from Proto-Germanic *markhjon- (cf. Old Saxon meriha, Old Norse merr, Old Frisian merrie, Dutch merrie, Old High German meriha, German Mähre "mare"), said to be of Gaulish origin (cf. Irish and Gaelic marc, Welsh march, Breton marh "horse"). No known cognates beyond Germanic and Celtic. As the name of a throw in wrestling, it is attested from c.1600. Mare's nest "illusory discovery, excitement over something which does not exist" is from 1610s.
"broad, dark areas of the moon," 1765, from Latin mare "sea" (see marine), applied to lunar features by Galileo and used thus in 17c. Latin works. They originally were thought to be actual seas.
- 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.