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Mayan (ˈmaɪən Pronunciation for Mayan

Definitions

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Maya or any of their languages

noun

  1. a family of Central American Indian languages, including Maya, possibly a member of the Penutian phylum
  2. another name for a Maya2

maya (ˈmaɪə Pronunciation for maya ; ˈmɑːjə Pronunciation for maya ; ˈmɑːjɑː Pronunciation for maya

Definitions

noun

  1. (Hinduism) illusion, esp the material world of the senses regarded as illusory

Derived Forms

ˈmayan adjective

Word Origin

C19: from Sanskrit

Maya1 (ˈmaɪə Pronunciation for Maya1 ; ˈmɑːjə Pronunciation for Maya1 ; ˈmɑːjɑː Pronunciation for Maya1

Definitions

noun

  1. the Hindu goddess of illusion, the personification of the idea that the material world is illusory

Derived Forms

ˈMayan adjective

Example Sentences Including 'Mayan'

Each guest room has a plunge pool and terrace, and the region is famous for its Mayan sites.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
He points out that there is little independent evidence that Mayan ceremonies included quetzal cries.
New Scientist (1998)
If something should happen, you won't need to worry," Rev. Dr. Ralph Mayan quoted Schiemann as saying.
canada.com (2005)
Maybe he'd find some ancient Mayan herbal remedy to rejuvenate him.
Stewart, Michael Compulsion
The Mayan Indian population is much less diluted than anywhere else in the region.
Jon Snow SHOOTING HISTORY: A Personal Journey (2004)
The fireplace in the living room resembles a Mayan Tikal or temple, and was inspired by Mr. Tilley's travels in Guatemala.
Globe and Mail (2003)

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