Definition of


  1. (noun, animal) type genus of the Majidae; nearly cosmopolitan in distribution

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Synonyms of Maia

genus maia, genus maja, maja

Alternate forms of Maia

Hypernyms: arthropod genus

Origin of the word Maia

  1. Roman goddess of fertility, lit. "she who brings increase," related to magnus "great." Gk. Maia, one of the Pleiades, lit. "mother, nurse, midwife," however, is said to be from infant babbling (see mamma). more

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