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 (mā′ə, mī′ə)
1. Greek Mythology A goddess, the eldest of the Pleiades.
2. The brightest star in the Pleiades.

[Latin Māia, from Greek Maia, from maia, good mother, nurse; see mā- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the eldest of the seven Pleiades, mother by Zeus of Hermes
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Noun1.Maia - type genus of the MajidaeMaia - type genus of the Majidae; nearly cosmopolitan in distribution
arthropod genus - a genus of arthropods
family Majidae, Majidae - spider crabs
European spider crab, Maja squinado, king crab - a large spider crab of Europe
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References in classic literature ?
whose stars are these: -- `Lovely Teygata, and dark-faced Electra, and Alcyone, and bright Asterope, and Celaeno, and Maia, and Merope, whom glorious Atlas begot....'
`In the mountains of Cyllene she (Maia) bare Hermes, the herald of the gods.'
Maia, as he calls it, the empty "Absolute" of the Buddhist, the "Infinite," the "All," of which those German metaphysicians he loved only too well have had so much to say: this was for ever to give the go-by to all positive, finite, limited interests whatever.
And as that abstract condition of Maia, to the kind and quantity of concrete literary production we hold to have been originally possible for him; so was the religion he actually attained, to what might have been the development of his profoundly religious spirit, had he been able to see that the old-fashioned Christianity is itself but the proper historic development of the true "essence" of the New Testament.
Like MAIA'S son he stood, And shook his Plumes, that Heav'nly fragrance filld The circuit wide.
He made seven portions; one of these he set apart for Mercury the son of Maia and the nymphs, praying to them as he did so; the others he dealt out to the men man by man.
After taking the first set on a tie-break, Dart looked in trouble when Brazilian Haddad Maia took the match into a decider.
Chris and Maia's alternating points of view give the reader a bird's-eye view of how the teens process their feelings both for one another and within themselves.
BEIRUT: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri signed a protocol of parliamentary cooperation between Brazil and Lebanon during a meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Rodrigo Maia Thursday.
Philippine Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Patrick Chuasoto (center) with (from left) Precious Lopez, Maia Paglinawan Carney, Cristina Sison, Olma Inocentes, Joni Rayos Samilin and Sonia Aranza.
Teens and adults alike will be rooting for Chris and Maia to the very end and will not be disappointed.