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melasma - noun a tan discoloration of a woman's face that is associated with pregnancy or with the use of oral contraceptives

  • melastoma - noun type genus of Melastomataceae; Asiatic shrubs with leathery leaves and large purple flowers followed by edible fleshy black berries

  • melastomaceae - noun a family of trees and bushes and herbs of order Myrtales; many are cultivated as ornamentals

  • melchite - noun an Orthodox Christian or Uniate Christian belonging to the patriarchate of Alexandria or Antioch or Jerusalem; an eastern Christian in Egypt or Syria who adheres to the Orthodox faith as defined by the council of Chalcedon in 451 and as accepted by the Byzantine emperor

  • meleagris - noun type genus of the Meleagrididae: wild and domestic turkeys

  • melena - noun abnormally dark tarry feces containing blood (usually from gastrointestinal bleeding)

  • meles - noun in some classifications: type genus of the subfamily Melinae

  • melia - noun type genus of the Meliaceae: East Indian and Australian deciduous trees with leaves resembling those of the ash

  • meliaceae - noun tropical trees and shrubs including many important timber and ornamental trees

  • melicocca - noun tropical American trees and shrubs bearing berries

  • melilot - noun erect annual or biennial plant grown extensively especially for hay and soil improvement

  • melilotus - noun erect annual or biennial plant grown extensively especially for hay and soil improvement

  • melinae - noun subdivision not used in some classifications: badgers

  • melioration - noun the linguistic process in which over a period of time a word grows more positive in connotation or more elevated in meaning; the act of relieving ills and changing for the better; a condition superior to an earlier condition

  • meliorative - adj. tending to ameliorate

  • meliorism - noun the belief that the world can be made better by human effort

  • meliorist - noun a disputant who advocates reform

  • meliphagidae - noun honey eaters

  • mellifluous - adj. pleasing to the ear

  • mellisonant - adj. pleasing to the ear

  • mellivora - noun ratels

  • mellowly - adv. (obsolete) in a mellow manner

  • mellowness - noun geniality, as through the effects of alcohol or marijuana; a soft shade of a color; a taste (especially of fruit) that is ripe and of full flavor; kindheartedness through maturity or old age; the property of a sensation that is rich and pleasing

  • melocactus - noun genus of strongly ribbed globose or spheroid cacti of tropical South and Central America and the Caribbean

  • melodically - adv. with respect to melody

  • melodiously - adv. in a melodious manner

  • melodiousness - noun the property of having a melody

  • melodize - verb supply a melody for

  • melodramatically - adv. in an overly emotional manner; as in a melodrama

  • meloid - noun beetle that produces a secretion that blisters the skin

  • meloidae - noun blister beetles

  • melolontha - noun a genus of Melolonthidae

  • melolonthidae - noun considered a separate family in some classification systems

  • melosa - noun South American herb with sticky glandular foliage; source of madia oil

  • melospiza - noun American song sparrow and swamp sparrow

  • meltable - adj. capable of melting

  • melted - adj. changed from a solid to a liquid state

  • melter - noun a worker who melts substances (metal or wax etc.)

  • melting - adj. becoming liquid; noun the process whereby heat changes something from a solid to a liquid

  • melursus - noun sloth bears; in some classifications not a separate genus from Ursus

  • mem - noun the 13th letter of the Hebrew alphabet

  • membered - adj. having members; normally used in chemistry in combination with a number

  • memberless - adj. of a group or set having no members

  • membership - noun the body of members of an organization or group; the state of being a member

  • membracidae - noun plant hoppers: treehoppers

  • membranous - adj. characterized by formation of a membrane (or something resembling a membrane); relating to or made of or similar to a membrane

  • memorability - noun the quality of being worth remembering

  • memorably - adv. in a memorable manner

  • memorialization - noun a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something

  • memorialize - verb address in a memorial; be or provide a memorial to a person or an event

  • memorization - noun learning so as to be able to remember verbatim

  • memorize - verb commit to memory; learn by heart

  • memorizer - noun a person who learns by rote

  • menacing - adj. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

  • menacingly - adv. in a menacing manner

  • menadione - noun a form of vitamin K

  • menage - noun a social unit living together

  • mendaciously - adv. in a mendacious and untruthful manner

  • mendelian - adj. of or relating to Gregor Mendel or in accord with Mendel's laws; noun a follower of Mendelism

  • mendelianism - noun the theory of inheritance based on Mendel's laws

  • mendelism - noun the theory of inheritance based on Mendel's laws

  • mender - noun a skilled worker who mends or repairs things

  • mendicancy - noun a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person); the state of being a beggar or mendicant

  • mendicant - adj. practicing beggary; noun a pauper who lives by begging; a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms

  • mendicity - noun the state of being a beggar or mendicant

  • mending - noun garments that must be repaired; the act of putting something in working order again

  • menhir - noun a tall upright megalith; found primarily in England and northern France

  • menially - adv. in a menial manner

  • meningeal - adj. relating to the meninges

  • meninges - noun a membrane (one of 3) that envelops the brain and spinal cord

  • meningism - noun symptoms that mimic those of meningitis but without inflammation of the meninges

  • meningocele - noun a congenital anomaly of the central nervous system in which a sac protruding from the brain or the spinal meninges contains cerebrospinal fluid (but no nerve tissue)

  • meningoencephalitis - noun inflammation of the brain and spinal cord and their meninges

  • meninx - noun a membrane (one of 3) that envelops the brain and spinal cord

  • menispermaceae - noun herbaceous or woody climbers

  • menispermum - noun climbing herbs

  • menominee - noun the Algonquian language spoken by the Menomini; a member of the federally recognized tribe of Algonquian people living on a reservation in central Wisconsin

  • menopausal - adj. of or relating to the menopause

  • menorah - noun (Judaism) a candelabrum with nine branches; used during the Hanukkah festival; (Judaism) a candelabrum with seven branches used in ceremonies to symbolize the seven days of creation

  • menorrhagia - noun abnormally heavy or prolonged menstruation; can be a symptom of uterine tumors and can lead to anemia if prolonged

  • menorrhea - noun flow of blood from the uterus; occurs at roughly monthly intervals during a woman's reproductive years

  • menotyphla - noun elephant shrews; tree shrews

  • mensa - noun a faint constellation in the polar region of the southern hemisphere and containing part of the Large Magellanic Cloud

  • mensal - adj. the dining table

  • menses - noun the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause

  • menshevik - noun a Russian member of the liberal minority group that advocated gradual reform and opposed the Bolsheviks before and during the Russian Revolution

  • menstrual - adj. of or relating to menstruation or the menses

  • menstruation - noun the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause

  • menstruum - noun (archaic) a solvent; the monthly discharge of blood from the uterus of nonpregnant women from puberty to menopause

  • mensural - adj. having notes of fixed rhythmic value; of or relating to measure

  • mensurate - verb determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of

  • mentalism - noun (philosophy) a doctrine that mind is the true reality and that objects exist only as aspects of the mind's awareness

  • mentality - noun a habitual or characteristic mental attitude that determines how you will interpret and respond to situations; mental ability

  • mentally - adv. in your mind

  • mentation - noun the process of using your mind to consider something carefully

  • mentha - noun mint plants

  • menthol - noun a lotion containing menthol which gives it the smell of mint; a crystalline compound that has the cool and minty taste and odor that occurs naturally in peppermint oil; used as a flavoring and in medicine to relieve itching, pain, and nasal congestion

  • mentholated - adj. containing, or impregnated with, menthol

  • mentum - noun a projection below the mouth of certain mollusks that resembles a chin; a projection like a chin formed by the sepals and base of the column in some orchids; the protruding part of the lower jaw

  • mentzelia - noun genus of bristly herbs or subshrubs of western America lacking stinging hairs

  • menura - noun type and sole genus of the family Menuridae

  • menurae - noun lyrebirds and scrubbirds

  • menuridae - noun lyrebirds

  • menyanthaceae - noun a dicotyledonous family of marsh plants of order Gentianales

  • menyanthes - noun the type genus of the Menyanthaceae; one species: bogbeans

  • menziesia - noun deciduous shrubs of North America and eastern Asia

  • meow - noun the sound made by a cat (or any sound resembling this); verb cry like a cat

  • mephistophelean - adj. showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil

  • mephitic - adj. of noxious stench from atmospheric pollution

  • mephitinae - noun subdivision not used in some classifications: skunks

  • mephitis - noun in some classifications: type genus of the subfamily Mephitinae; a poisonous or foul smelling gas emitted from the earth; a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant

  • meralgia - noun pain in the thigh

  • mercantilism - noun an economic system (Europe in 18th century) to increase a nation's wealth by government regulation of all of the nation's commercial interests; transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)

  • mercerize - verb treat to strengthen and improve the luster

  • merchandiser - noun a businessperson engaged in retail trade

  • merchantable - adj. fit to be offered for sale

  • merchantman - noun a cargo ship

  • mercifully - adv. in a manner that may be cruel but avoids suffering; in a compassionate manner

  • mercifulness - noun a disposition to be kind and forgiving; the feeling that motivates compassion; leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice

  • merciless - adj. having or showing no mercy

  • mercilessness - noun inhumaneness evidenced by an unwillingness to be kind or forgiving; feelings of extreme heartlessness

  • mercurialis - noun a genus of slender herbs belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae

  • mercurochrome - noun a mercurial compound applied topically as an antiseptic; Mercurochrome is the trademark

  • mercurous - adj. of or containing mercury

  • merely - adv. and nothing more

  • merestone - noun an old term for a landmark that consisted of a pile of stones surmounted by an upright slab

  • meretriciously - adv. in a meretricious manner

  • meretriciousness - noun tasteless showiness; an appearance of truth that is false or deceptive; seeming plausibility

  • merger - noun the combination of two or more commercial companies; an occurrence that involves the production of a union

  • merginae - noun mergansers and closely related diving birds

  • mergus - noun mergansers

  • mericarp - noun a carpel with one seed; one of a pair split apart at maturity

  • merida - noun the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan

  • merino - noun white sheep originating in Spain and producing a heavy fleece of exceptional quality

  • meriones - noun a genus of Cricetidae

  • meristem - noun undifferentiated tissue from which new cells are formed, as at the tip of a stem or root

  • meritable - adj. deserving reward or praise

  • merited - adj. properly deserved

  • meritless - adj. without merit

  • meritoriously - adv. in a meritorious manner

  • meritoriousness - noun the quality of being deserving (e.g., deserving assistance)

  • merl - noun common black European thrush

  • merlon - noun a solid section between two crenels in a crenelated battlement

  • merluccius - noun hakes

  • merman - noun half man and half fish; lives in the sea; United States singer who appeared in several musical comedies (1909-1984)

  • merodach - noun the chief Babylonian god; his consort was Sarpanitu

  • meropidae - noun bee-eaters

  • merops - noun type genus of the Meropidae

  • merostomata - noun used in some classifications; includes the orders Xiphosura and Eurypterida

  • merovingian - adj. of or relating to the Merovingian dynasty or its members; noun a Frankish dynasty founded by Clovis I that reigned in Gaul and Germany from about 500 to 750; a member of the Merovingian dynasty

  • merozoite - noun a cell that arises from the asexual division of a parent sporozoan during its life cycle

  • merrily - adv. in a joyous manner

  • merriness - noun the trait of merry joking

  • merrymaker - noun a celebrant who shares in a noisy party

  • merrymaking - noun a boisterous celebration; a merry festivity

  • mertensia - noun a genus of herbs belonging to the family Boraginaceae that grow in temperate regions and have blue or purple flowers shaped like funnels

  • mesalliance - noun a marriage with a person of inferior social status

  • mesembryanthemum - noun South African annual or biennial plants having flowers that open only in bright sunlight

  • mesencephalon - noun the middle portion of the brain

  • mesenchyme - noun mesodermal tissue that forms connective tissue and blood and smooth muscles

  • mesentery - noun a double layer of peritoneum that attaches to the back wall of the abdominal cavity and supports the small intestines

  • meshed - adj. resembling a network; (used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and interacting; noun the holy city of Shiite Muslims; located in northeastern Iran

  • meshwork - noun an open fabric of string or rope or wire woven together at regular intervals

  • mesial - adj. being in or directed toward the midline or mesial plane of the body

  • mesic - adj. having or characterized by moderate or a well-balanced supply of moisture; of or pertaining to a meson

  • mesmerism - noun the act of inducing hypnosis

  • mesmerist - noun a person who induces hypnosis

  • mesmerize - verb induce hypnosis in; attract strongly, as if with a magnet

  • mesmerizer - noun a person who induces hypnosis

  • mesoblast - noun the middle germ layer that develops into muscle and bone and cartilage and blood and connective tissue

  • mesoblastic - adj. relating to or derived from the mesoderm

  • mesocarp - noun the middle layer of a pericarp

  • mesocolon - noun mesentery that holds the lower colon the back abdominal wall

  • mesodermal - adj. relating to or derived from the mesoderm

  • mesohippus - noun North American three-toed Oligocene animal; probably not directly ancestral to modern horses

  • mesolithic - adj. of or relating to a middle period of the Stone Age (following the paleolithic); noun middle part of the Stone Age beginning about 15,000 years ago

  • mesomorph - noun a person with a well-developed muscular body

  • mesomorphic - adj. having a robust muscular body-build characterized by predominance of structures (bone and muscle and connective tissue) developed from the embryonic mesodermal layer

  • mesomorphy - noun muscular and big-boned

  • mesonic - adj. of or pertaining to a meson

  • mesophyte - noun land plant growing in surroundings having an average supply of water; compare xerophyte and hydrophyte

  • mesophytic - adj. being or growing in or adapted to a moderately moist environment

  • mesothelium - noun epithelium originating in the embryonic mesoderm; lines the primordial body cavity

  • mesotron - noun an elementary particle responsible for the forces in the atomic nucleus; a hadron with a baryon number of 0

  • mespilus - noun medlars

  • messiahship - noun the position of messiah

  • messianic - adj. of or relating to a messiah promising deliverance

  • messily - adv. in a messy, untidy manner

  • messiness - noun the trait of being untidy and messy; a state of confusion and disorderliness

  • messmate - noun (nautical) an associate with whom you share meals in the same mess (as on a ship)

  • messuage - noun (law) a dwelling house and its adjacent buildings and the adjacent land used by the household

  • mestiza - noun a woman of mixed racial ancestry (especially mixed European and Native American ancestry)

  • mestizo - noun a person of mixed racial ancestry (especially mixed European and Native American ancestry)

  • mesua - noun genus of tropical Asiatic trees having large solitary flowers

  • metabola - noun insects that undergo complete metamorphosis

  • metabolize - verb produce by metabolism

  • metabolous - adj. undergoing metamorphosis

  • metacarpal - adj. of or relating to the metacarpus; noun any bone of the hand between the wrist and fingers

  • metacarpus - noun the part of the hand between the carpus and phalanges

  • metacenter - noun (shipbuilding) the point of intersection between two vertical lines, one line through the center of buoyancy of the hull of a ship in equilibrium and the other line through the center of buoyancy of the hull when the ship is inclined to one side; the distance of this intersection above the center of gravity is an indication of the stability of the ship

  • metacentric - adj. having two equal arms because of the median position of the centromere; of or relating to the metacenter

  • metagenesis - noun alternation of sexual and asexual generations

  • metalanguage - noun a language that can be used to describe languages

  • metalepsis - noun substituting metonymy of one figurative sense for another
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