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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Maja, genus Maja, Maia, genus Maianoun

    type genus of the Majidae; nearly cosmopolitan in distribution


  1. Maianoun

    Daughter of Atlas and mother of Hermes.

  2. Maianoun

    The goddess of growth after whom the month May ( Latin maius ) was named.

  3. Maianoun

    of recent usage.


  1. maia

    Maia is a term that can refer to several things depending on the context: 1) In Greek mythology, Maia is one of the Pleiades and the mother of Hermes by Zeus. 2) In Roman mythology, Maia is the goddess of spring and growth, often identified with the Greek goddess Maia. 3) In the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Maia is a term used for a type of supernatural being, akin to angels, some of which include characters such as Gandalf and Saruman. 4) In the Maori culture of New Zealand, Maia is a traditional name with connotations of bravery and confidence. 5) In some linguistics contexts, Maia can refer to a language spoken in Papua New Guinea. Therefore, the definition of Maia largely depends on the context in which it is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maianoun

    a genus of spider crabs, including the common European species (Maia squinado)

  2. Maianoun

    a beautiful American bombycid moth (Eucronia maia)

  3. Etymology: [From L. Maia, a goddess.]


  1. Maia

    The Maiar are beings from J. R. R. Tolkien's high fantasy legendarium. They are lesser Ainur who entered Eä in the beginning of time. Tolkien uses the term Valar to refer both to all the Ainur who entered Eä, and specifically to the greatest among them, the fourteen Lords and Queens of the Valar. So the Maiar are at the same time lesser Valar and the helpers of the Valar. "Valar" without qualification generally refers to the great Valar. The name Maiar is in the Quenya tongue and comes from the Elvish root maya- "excellent, admirable". Maiar refers in Quenya to all the Ainur who entered Eä, the "Creation", and more often to the lesser power among them: "Maia is the name of the Kin of the Valar, but especially of those of lesser power than the 9 great rulers" wrote Tolkien. In the Valaquenta it is told that many Maiar associated themselves with a Vala; for example, Ossë and Uinen, who ruled the Seas, acted under Ulmo, while Curumo, who came to be known in Middle-earth as Saruman, was with Aulë the Smith. Sauron also was with Aulë before being corrupted by Melkor. Being of divine origin and possessing great power, the Maiar can wander the world unseen or shape themselves in fashion of Elves or other creatures; these "veils", called fanar in Quenya, could be destroyed, but their true-being could not.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Maia

    the daughter of Atlas, the eldest of the seven Pleiades (q. v.), and the mother by Zeus of Hermes or Mercury.

Editors Contribution

  1. maianoun

    (Maya) A mechanism angel prompt as an intelligent alliance. 1.) master of alien formed names stated in the disorders of higher groups whom is absent from reality of the soul.

    Maia keeps us updated on our enemies when we aboard the Stecharch under Xout rules.

    Etymology: Artificial intelligence

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on May 9, 2024  

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  1. Maia

    (Ma′ia). The mother of the Grecian Mercury.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MAIA

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maia is ranked #24554 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Maia surname appeared 1,018 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Maia.

    76% or 774 total occurrences were White.
    9.5% or 97 total occurrences were Black.
    9.1% or 93 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.8% or 29 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of maia in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of maia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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