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mabble                        to wrap up

mabsoot                       happy

macadamize                    to cover a road with small broken stones

macarism                      a beatitude; taking pleasure in another's joy

macarize                      to declare to be happy or blessed

macaronic                     characterized by a mixture of two languages; muddled or mixed-up

macerate                      to steep or soak; to break up; to emaciate

macerator                     a person who fasts and becomes emaciated

machair                       low-lying sandy beach

machairodont                  sabre-toothed

machiaphobia                  the fear of war

machicolation                 space between corbels in a parapet

machicotage                   the embellishment of the solo part of plain song by the insertion of ornaments between the authentic tones

machinule                     tool used by surveyors to obtain right angle

macies                        atrophy

macilent                      lean; excessively thin, lacking in substance

mackabroin                    a hideous old woman; an old hag

mackinaw                      heavy napped and felted wool cloth

mackintosh                    lightweight rubberized waterproof cotton

macon                         smoked salted mutton

macquereau                    pimp, procurer

macrobian                     any organism which has a long life

macrobiote                    long-lived organism

macrocephalic                 having an abnormally large head

macrocephalous                having a large head

macrocosm                     large and complex structure considered as a whole

macrography                   viewing an object with the naked eye

macrologist                   a boring conversationalist, usually met at parties

macrologist                   a dull conversationalist, usually met at dinners and parties

macrology                     long and tedious talk; prolonged discourse without ideas; superfluity of words

macrology                     much talk with little to say; redundancy; pleonasm

macromancy                    fortunetelling by studying the largest object in the area

macromania                    delusion that objects are larger than natural size

macron                        the horizontal line above a vowel to symbolize a long sound

macrophobia                   the fear of prolonged waiting

macropodine                   of, like or pertaining to kangaroos

macropterous                  having large wings or fins

macroscian                    one with a long shadow; one who inhabits polar regions

microseism                    an earthquake

macrotous                     big-eared

macrotous                     having great big ears

macroverbumsciolist           a person who is ignorant of large words; a person who pretends to know a word, then secretly refers to a dictionary

macrural                      having a long tail

mactation                     killing or slaughter of a sacrificial victim

macular                       spotted; patchy

maculate                      marked with spots; blotched; besmirched, defiled, impure

maculation                    the act of spotting or staining

maculomancy                   fortunetelling using spots

maculose                      spotted

madapollam                    fine cotton cloth

madarosis                     loss of eyelashes or eyebrows

madder                        red dye made from brazil wood; a reddish or red-orange colour

madefy                        to moisten or make wet

maderization                  wine becoming rusty in colour and flat in taste

madescent                     growing damp

madid                         wet; dank

madoline                      vegetable slicer with adjustable blade

madras                        fine plain-woven cotton or silk

maelid                        apple-nymph

maenad                        a woman participant in orgiastic Dionysian rites

maenadic                      furious; bacchanalian

maffick                       to celebrate exuberantly and boisterously, after Relief of Mafeking in South Africa

mafflard                      a stammering or blundering fool

maffle                        mumble, stammer; to cause to become confused or bewildered

magadis                       ancient bridged stringed instrument

maggotorium                   place where maggots are bred for sale to fishers

magianism                     teachings or philosophy of the magi

magiric                       relating to cookery; the art of cooking

magirics                      art of cookery

magirist                      an excellent cook

magirology                    the science of cooking

magisterial                   in the manner of a teacher or magistrate

magisterium                   teaching function of the Catholic church

magistral                     of, like or pertaining to a master or teacher

magnality                     wonderful or great thing

magnanerie                    art of raising silkworms

magnetics                     study of magnetism

magnetograph                  instrument for recording measurements of magnetic fields

magnetometer                  instrument for measuring intensity of magnetic fields

magneton                      unit of the quantized magnetic moment of a particle

magnicaudate                  having a long tail

magnificat                    canticle in praise of the virgin mary

magniloquent                  speaking in a grand or pompous style

magnisonant                   high-sounding

magpiety                      garrulousness

mahala                        Setswana (Botswana) for free, no charge

mahout                        one who rides or drives elephants

maidan                        open plain; open space near a town

maieutic                      relating to or resembling the Socratic method of eliciting new ideas from another

maieuticophobia               the fear of childbirth

maieutics                     midwifery

maillot                       tights worn by a ballet dancer

mainmast                      sailing ship's principal mast

mainour                       stolen goods discovered on thief

mainpernor                    one who gives mainprise

mainprise                     surety for the appearance of a prisoner at trial

mainsail                      principal sail on a ship's mainmast

mainsheet                     rope by which mainsail is trimmed and secured

mainstay                      stay that extends from the main-top to the foot of the foremast

majolica                      elaborate glazed Italian pottery

majuscule                     a large (capital) letter; uppercase; so, majuscular

malabathrum                   dried leaf used in ancient times to make perfumed ointments

malacissation                 the process of making something soft and pliable

malacodermous                 soft skinned

malacoid                      made of a soft or fleshy substance

malacology                    study of molluscs

malacophilous                 pollinated by snails

malacophonous                 soft-voiced

malagma                       emollient plaster

malaguena                     Spanish dance performed by a couple, similar to the fandango

malapert                      impudently bold; saucy

malapropism                   misapplication of words without mispronunciation

malapropos                    in an inappropriate or inopportune way

malar                         of, like or pertaining to the cheek

malariology                   study of malaria

malaxage                      softening of clay by kneading it

malaxate                      to soften by kneading, rubbing or mixing with a liquid

malaxophobia                  the fear of love play, especially in women

malchus                       short cutting sword

malebolge                     a pool of filth; a hellish place or condition

maledicent                    one who is addicted to abusive speech; cursing

maledictaphobia               the fear of bad words

malefic                       having an unfavorable or malignant influence; baleful; malicious

malfeasance                   evil-doing; illegal activities

malgré                        in spite of

maliferous                    harmful; unhealthy

malinger                      to feign sickness in order to avoid duty or work

malism                        the belief that the world is evil

malison                       curse, malediction

malist                        one who feels that this world is a bad place

malkin                        1. an untidy woman; slattern

malkin                        2. cat; hare

malleation                    hammering; a hammer-mark or dent

malleiform                    shaped like a hammer

mallemaroking                 the carousing of seamen on board Greenland whaling ships

mallophagous                  eating wool or fleece

malloseismic                  suffering from frequent and severe earthquakes

malm                          calcareous loam used in making brick

malmsey                       sweet perfumed wine

malnoia                       a vague feeling of mental discomfort

malophile                     one who loves apples

maltha                        thick mineral pitch

maltster                      one who makes or deals in malt

malvaceous                    of, like or pertaining to the mallow family of plants

malversation                  corruption in an office, trust or commission; corrupt administration

mambo                         Cuban ballroom dance resembling the rumba or cha-cha

mamelle                       rounded hill

mamelon                       rounded hill or protuberance

mameluke                      a member of an Arabic military class, originally composed of slaves; a slave

mammalogy                     study of mammals

mammer                        to stammer; to waver; to be undecided

mammetry                      idolatry; idols collectively

mammiferous                   having breasts

mammiform                     shaped like a breast

mammila                       nipple

mammiliform                   shaped like a nipple

mammock                       scrap or shred; a broken piece

mammogenic                    promoting growth of the milk glands

mammon                        riches; the wealthy; the upper classes

mammonism                     devotion to pursuit of wealth

mammose                       shaped like a breast

mammothrept                   a child who is raised and spoiled by their grandmother

mamzer                        illegitimate child

manal                         of, like or pertaining to the hand

manchet                       a muffin made of fine wheat

mancinism                     the condition of being left-handed

mancipation                   legal transfer by actual or symbolic sale

manciple                      steward of a college or monastery; purveyor

mandament                     command; order

mandamus                      writ instructing that an action should be performed

mandarism                     government with a large bureaucracy

mandative                     of, like or pertaining to commands or leadership

mandibuliform                 shaped like a mandible or jaw-bone

mandorla                      oval panel containing a work of art; elliptical halo around holy person

mandrel                       axle of a circular saw

mandriarch                    founder or leader of a monastic order

manducable                    edible or soft enough to chew

manducate                     to chew or eat

mandylion                     loose outer garment worn over armour

manège                        the art of horsemanship

manganiferous                 bearing manganese

mangonel                      medieval war engine for throwing stones

manicate                      having a woolly growth that can be peeled off

Manichaean                    characterized by a belief in religious or philosophical dualism

manicism                      left-handedness

maniform                      having the shape of a hand

maniple                       clerical vestment worn on the left arm

manometer                     instrument for measuring pressure of a liquid or gas

manqué                        having had unfulfilled ambition; failing to achieve expectation

manqué                        short of or frustrated in the fulfillment of one's aspirations or talents

manrope                       rope used as a handrail on a ship

mansionary                    residence; mansions

manso                         a meek, tame, or cowardly person or animal, esp. a tame or timid bull

mansuetude                    the quality or state of being gentle; meekness, tameness

mansworn                      perjured

mantelletta                   knee-length sleeveless garment worn by Catholic cardinals and bishops

mantic                        of, like or pertaining to fortunetelling; prophetic; divinely inspired

manticratic                   of the rule by the prophet's family or clan

mantissa                      decimal part of logarithm

mantology                     fortune-telling

manubrial                     shaped like a handle

manubrium                     any handle-like structure

manuduction                   careful guidance; leading by hand

manumission                   emancipation; freedom from slavery

manurance                     cultivation

manustupration                masturbation

manxome                       fearsome, monstrous; related to the Manx cat

mappemond                     map of the world

maquette                      a sculptor's small preliminary model or sketch; a model of a room or building

maquis                        guerrilla resistance force

marabout                      1. a Muslim hermit or saint, esp. in northern Africa; a dervish monk believed to have supernatural power

marabout                      2. thin downy silk

maraging                      process by which alloy is slowly cooled in the air

marah                         bitterness; something bitter

marasmus                      wasting away of the body; emaciation due to malnutrition

marc                          1. the pulpy residue left after a fruit has been pressed

marc                          2. brandy made from the residue of wine grapes after pressing

marcella                      cotton or linen in twill weave

marcescent                    withering without falling off

marcesible                    likely to fade or wither

marchpane                     old name for marzipan

marcidity                     state of great leanness

marcottage                    propagation of trees by stripping ring of bark and covering with moss

maremma                       marsh; miasma

margaric                      pearl-like

margarite                     a pearl

margaritiferous               pearl-bearing

margaritomancy                fortunetelling using pearls

maricolous                    living in the sea

mariculture                   cultivation of aquatic flora and fauna

marigenous                    produced by or in the sea

marigraph                     instrument for recording tide levels

mariolatry                    worship of the virgin mother

mariology                     study of the virgin mary

maritage                      right of feudal lord to arrange marriages of vassals

mariticide                    the murder of a husband by his wife

maritodespotism               tyrranical rulership of a woman by her husband

maritorious                   excessively devoted to one's husband

marivaudage                   preciosity in literary style or expression

marl                          clay used as fertilizer

marline                       small rope wound about larger rope to keep it from fraying

marmalize                     to thrash; to crush or destroy; to defeat decisively

marmarosis                    conversion of limestone into marble

marmoreal                     resembling marble, as in smoothness, whiteness, or hardness

marocain                      ribbed crepe fabric

marplot                       one who frustrates or ruins a plan or undertaking by his meddling

marquetry                     furniture inlaid with multicoloured wood, ivory, or metal

marquisette                   sheer meshed cloth

marrano                       Jew converted to Christianity to avoid persecution

marry                         expression of surprised agreement

martello                      circular fort for coastal defence

martext                       a blundering preacher who stumbles through a sermon

martinet                      a strict disciplinarian; one who adheres to rules

martingale                    strap between horse's forelegs to keep its head down

martlet                       heraldic representation of a bird without feet

martyrium                     shrine erected in memory of a martyr

martyrolatry                  excessive devotion to martyrs

martyrology                   study of martyrs

marver                        marble or iron slab on which molten glass is rolled

mascaron                      grotesque face on a door-knocker

maschalephidrosis             massive sweating of the armpits

mascle                        diamond-shaped plate or scale

mascon                        concentration of dense mass beneath the moon's surface

masculinist                   an advocate of men's rights, opp. feminist

maskirovka                    use of deception or camouflage as military stratagem

masseter                      muscle used to move the lower jaw

masterate                     degree or title of a master

masticate                     to chew; to knead mechanically

mastigophobia                 the fear of whipping or being whipped

mastigophorer                 a fellow worthy to be whipped

mastigophoric                 carrying or wielding a whip

mastigophorous                bearing a whip

mastoid                       like a nipple or teat

mastology                     study of mammals

matachin                      Spanish ritualised sword-dance or battle dance

mataeology                    needless or foolish conversation

mataeotechny                  an unprofitable art or science

matelassé                     having a quilted ornamentation; fabric with raised pattern as if quilted

matelot                       sailor

materialism                   belief that matter is the only extant substance

materteral                    suggestive of an aunt; cf. avuncular

mathemancy                    fortunetelling by counting or mathematics

mathematicaster               minor or inferior mathematician

mathesis                      mental discipline; learning or science, esp. mathematics

matinal                       of, like or pertaining to the morning

matins                        prayer service held in early morning hours

matrass                       long-necked chemical flask

matrical                      of, like or pertaining to a womb or a matrix

matricular                    of, like or pertaining to a register

matriherital                  of, like or pertaining to inheritance along the female line

matriotism                    love for country or other institution when regarded as a mother

matripotestal                 of, like or pertaining to the power of mothers

matroclinic                   more like the mother than the father

matronolagnia                 an attraction to older women, especially ones who have children

matryoshka                    Russian hollow wooden doll

mattery                       purulent

mattock                       pickaxe for loosening soil

mattoid                       semi-insane; a semi-insane person; a borderline psychopath

maturescent                   becoming mature

matutinal                     of, like or pertaining to the morning; happening early in the day

matutolagnia                  antemeridian sexual desire

matutolypea                   getting up on the wrong side of the bed

maudle                        to make maudlin; to talk in a maudlin manner

maudlin                       tearfully sentimental

mauger                        1. thin, emaciated

mauger                        2. ill will; spite

maugre                        in spite of; notwithstanding

maukin                        a Scottish scullery maid

maulstick                     stick used by painters to steady the hand

maunder                       1. to grumble; to drivel; to mutter

maunder                       2. to wander slowly and idly

maundy                        1. the celebration of washing the feet of the poor (on Maundy Thursday)

maundy                        2. alms distributed in connection with this celebration

maundy                        3. feast

mavrodaphne                   sweet dark red Greek wine

mawk                          maggot

mawkish                       excessively or feebly sentimental; also, having a faint, sickly taste

maxillary                     of, like or pertaining to a jaw

maximalism                    uncompromising adherence to extreme demands

maxixe                        Brazilian ballroom dance resembling the two-step

maxwell                       unit of magnetic flux

maya                          illusion; the world of phenomena

mayhap                        perhaps

mazarine                      rich blue or reddish-blue colour

mazer                         hardwood drinking bowl

mazology                      mammalogy; study of mammals

mazopathia                    any disease of the placenta

mazuma                        money, cash

mazurka                       Polish folk dance in moderate triple measure

mazut                         petroleum residue after distillation

mazy                          dizzy; confused; labyrinthine; convoluted

mazzard                       wild sweet cherry

mazzebah                      ancient Jewish sacred stone pillar

mbalax                        West African popular music

mbaqanga                      jazz-influenced Southern African popular music style

meable                        easily penetrable

meacock                       a meak man who dotes on his wife, or is henpecked

meatus                        opening of a passage or canal

mecate                        old Mexican measure of about one-tenth of an acre

mechanism                     belief that life is explainable by mechanical forces

mechanolatry                  worship of machines

mechanomorphic                having the form of a machine

mechanophobia                 the fear of machinery

mecometer                     instrument for measuring length

meconium                      first feces of a newborn child

meconology                    study of or treatise concerning opium

meconomancy                   fortunetelling using sleep

meconophagist                 consumer of opium or heroin

mediagenic                    able to present a good image in the media

medianic                      of, like or pertaining to spiritualists, mediums or prophets

medicament                    externally applied curative treatment

medicaster                    a medical quack; charlatan

meditabund                    absorbed in meditation

medius                        the middle finger

medullary                     consisting of or resembling marrow or pith

medusiform                    resembling a jellyfish

meed                          a merited gift or reward

meet                          fitting; proper

megacerine                    extinct giant deer

megachiropteran               of, like or pertaining to fruit bats

megalith                      large rough stone used as a monument

megalonisus                   a tendency to exaggerate

megalophobia                  the fear of large things

megalophonous                 of imposing sound; clamourous

megamalophile                 one who really loves apples or the Big Apple

megameter                     instrument for determining longitude by observing stars

megaprosopous                 having a large face

megascope                     instrument for projecting an enlarged image

megascopic                    visible to the naked eye

megatherial                   resembling the megatherium; fig., ponderous unwieldy (the megatherium is an extinct, giant slothlike creature)

megathermic                   surviving only in tropical climates

megistotherm                  plant requiring very high temperatures

megrim                        migraine, vertigo, dizziness, whim, low spirits

mehari                        camel used for racing

meiosis                       understatement of size or importance for rhetorical effect

meiotic                       deliberately understated

mekometer                     range-finder

mel                           honey

melalgia                      pain in the limbs

melanic                       black; very dark

melaniferous                  containing or bearing melanin

melano                        abnormally dark person or animal

melanochroic                  dark-skinned

melasma                       dark patch of skin

meldometer                    instrument for measuring melting points of substances

meldrop                       a drop of mucus at the end of the nose

meleagrine                    belonging to a genus of American gallinaceous birds; pertaining to or like a turkey

melic                         to be sung; lyric

melichrous                    having a honey-like colour

meline                        canary-yellow

meliorism                     the belief that the world tends to become better and that humans can aid its betterment

meliphagous                   feeding upon honey

melisma                       tune; melodic embellishment; ornamentation

melismatic                    florid in melody

melissophobia                 the fear of bees

melittology                   study of bees

meliturgy                     honey-making or bee-keeping

mellaginous                   of, like or pertaining to or resembling honey

mellification                 honey-making

melliloquent                  pertaining to a smooth talker or a con artist (literally honey-tongued)

mellisonant                   sweet-sounding

mellisugent                   honey-sucking

mellivorous                   honey-eating

melolagnia                    an amorous feeling inspired by music

melologue                     recitation with musical accompaniment

melomania                     craze for music

melomaniac                    an abnormally dedicated musical fan

melopepon                     any of various kinds of squash

melophobia                    the fear of music

melopoeia                     composition of music

melton                        strong and smooth heavy woollen cloth

membral                       of, like or pertaining to the limbs rather than the trunk

meme                          an idea which spreads

memoriter                     from memory; by heart

memorous                      memorable

menald                        speckled; spotted

menarche                      first menstruation

menckenian                    characterized by vitriolic social criticism

mendaciloquence               lying as a fine art; adroit prevarication

mendaciloquent                able to tell artful or skilled lies

mendacious                    characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth

mendacity                     insincerity; inclination to tell falsehoods

mendicant                     member of impoverished religious order

mendiloquence                 artful lying

menhir                        a single upright rude monolith of usually prehistoric origin

menisciform                   shaped like a crescent

meniscus                      crescent-shaped object; concave lens

menology                      a calendar of the feastdays of saints and martyrs

mensal                        of, like or pertaining to the dinner-table; monthly

mensch                        a human being, a person of integrity and honor

menstruum                     a substance that dissolves a solid or holds it in suspension; solvent

mensuration                   measuring to find the dimensions of things

mental                        of, like or pertaining to the chin

mentalism                     belief that the world can be explained as aspect of the mind

mentatiferous                 telepathic

mentation                     thought; cogitation; cognition

menticide                     the undermining or destruction of a person's mind or will, esp. by systematic means such as mental and physical torture, extensive interrogation, suggestion, training, and narcotics; brainwashing

mentimutation                 the act of changing one's mind

mentum                        the chin

mephitic                      foul-smelling

meracious                     pure, unadulturated; hence, strong, racy

mercedary                     pertaining to the giving or receiving of wages

mercer                        dealer in small wares or textiles

mercurial                     volatile; fluctuating

merdivorous                   dung-eating

merdurinous                   composed of urine and feces

merengue                      Caribbean ballroom dance in which feet are frequently dragged

mereology                     study of part-whole relationships

meretricious                  1. of or relating to a prostitute; having the nature of prostitution

meretricious                  2. tawdrily and falsely attractive; trash; pretentious

merino                        soft wool of the merino sheep; any soft merino-like wool or wool and cotton cloth

merinthophobia                the fear of being tied and bound

merism                        rhetorical device of contrasting two parts of a whole

meristic                      divided into parts or segments

meritocracy                   rulership by the most skilled leader

merkin                        pubic wig

merlon                        narrow wall in battlement between embrasures

merocracy                     government by a part of the citizenry

merogenesis                   segmentation

meromorphic                   fractional

meronym                       word whose relation to another is a part to the whole

meropia                       partial blindness

merry-andrew                  one who entertains people by means of antics and buffoonery

mersion                       dipping; as in baptism

merycism                      rumination

mésalliance                   unsuitable marriage

meseems                       it seems to me

meshugaas                     insanity, madness; usu. used in a lighter vein

mesial                        middle

mesic                         adapted to life with a moderate supply of moisture

mesnalty                      feudal estate

mesochroic                    having skin colour intermediate between light and dark

mesocracy                     government by the middle classes

mesology                      ecology

mesomorphic                   being big-boned and muscular

mesonoxian                    belonging or pertaining to midnight

mesopygion                    relating to the cleavage of the buttocks

mesotherm                     plant living only in moderate climates

mesquin                       mean; ungracious

messaline                     soft lightweight silk with a satin weave

messianism                    belief in a single messiah or saviour

messuage                      house with land and auxiliary buildings

metabasis                     transition; transfer

metabiosis                    reliance of an organism on another for environment

metachronism                  an error of dating an event too late

metachrosis                   ability of animals to change colour

metage                        official weighing of goods; charge for such weighing

metagnomy                     fortunetelling

metagnostic                   incomprehensible; beyond understanding

metagraphy                    transliteration

metagrobolize                 to mystify; to puzzle out

metagrobologist               one who does or makes puzzles

metalepsis                    metonymy of a double or indirect kind

metalliferous                 bearing metal

metallogenic                  metal occurring as an ore as opposed to in rocks

metallogeny                   study of the origin and distribution of metal deposits

metallography                 study of the structure and constitution of metals

metallophobia                 the fear of metals

metallurgy                    study of alloying and treating metals

metameric                     of, like or pertaining to serial division or segmentation of body

metamorphosable               that which is able or liable to change form

metanalysis                   a reanalysis of the division between sounds or words resulting in different constituents (as in the development of an apron from a napron)

metanalysis                   incorrect placement of 'n' at start of word following a nindefinite article

metanoia                      repentance; fundamental change in character

metanomen                     metaphorical name

metaphony                     umlaut; change in vöwel sound due to nearby consonant

metaphrase                    turning of prose into verse or vice versa

metaphrast                    one who produces a metaphrase

metaphysics                   study of principles of nature and thought

metaphysis                    change in form; metamorphosis

metaplasm                     alteration in spelling of a word

metapneustic                  having one's respiratory organs in one's butt

metapolitics                  study of politics in theory or abstract

metapsychology                study of nature of the mind

metastasis                    removal from one place to another

metastasize                   to spread to other parts of the body by metastasis; in extended use, to change form or matter; to transform

metasthenic                   having strong haunches or hindquarters

metastrophe                   mutual exchange

metathesis                    transposition of sounds or letters of a word

métayage                      system of agricultural labour with share of produce as wages

metempirical                  beyond the scope of knowledge

metempsychosis                passing of soul after death into another body

metemptosis                   the suppression of a (leap) day in the calendar to prevent the date of the new moon being set a day too late

metensomatosis                movement of soul into new body before or after death

meteorism                     abdominal cramps and swelling due to flatulence

meteoritics                   the study of meteors

meteorograph                  instrument recording a variety of meteorological observations

meteoromancy                  fortunetelling by studying meteors

meteorophobia                 the fear of meteors

methanometer                  instrument for detecting presence of methane

metheglin                     mead; honey ale

methinks                      I believe; I think

methomania                    morbid craving for alcohol

methysis                      drunkenness

metic                         an alien resident of an ancient Greek city who had some civil privileges

meticulosity                  the quality or state of being meticulous; meticulousness

métier                        profession, occupation, calling or business

metonymy                      a figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it is closely associated, as in the use of Washington for the United States government or of the sword for military power

metonymy                      figurative use of word to name an attribute of its subject

metope                        front, forehead or frontal surface

metopic                       of, like or pertaining to the forehead

metopomancy                   fortunetelling using the forehead or face

metoposcopy                   fortune-telling or judgement of character by the lines of the forehead

metrics                       study of versification

metrocracy                    government by mothers or women; matriarchy

metrology                     science of weights and measures

metromania                    insatiable desire for writing verse

metronymy                     system of naming after the mother's or female line

metrophobia                   the hatred or fear of poetry

metropolitan                  archbishop holding authority over other bishops

metrosexual                   an urban male with a strong aesthetic sense who spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle

metutials                     a small, irritating chore which must be performed before other work can commence

meuse                         space through which animal track passes

mew                           to shed, moult or change

mewling                       crying feebly

mezzobrow                     a middlebrow, in a fashionable and superior way

mezzotint                     method of copper engraving with even gradation of tones

mho                           unit of electrical conductance

miasma                        foul vapours from rotting matter; unwholesome air

micaceous                     consisting of or made of mica

micawberish                   characteristic of an improvident person who lives in expectation of an upturn in his fortunes

mickle                        great, much

micrander                     dwarf male plant

microanatomy                  study of microscopic tissues

microbarograph                instrument for recording minute changes in atmospheric pressure

microbiology                  study of microscopic organisms

microcalorimeter              instrument for measuring tiny quantities of heat

microcephalic                 having a very small head

microclimatology              study of local climates

micrograph                    instrument used to write on a very small scale

microlipet                    very small portion; someone who gets worked up about trivial things; a nitpicker

microlith                     very small stone tool

micrologist                   a specialist in micrology

micrology                     attention to petty details or distinctions; nitpicking

micromancy                    fortunetelling using small objects

micromania                    pathological self-deprecation or belief that one is very small

micrometer                    instrument for measuring very small distances

micronometer                  instrument for measuring short periods of time

micronymy                     the use of short terms or names in scientific nomenclature

micropalaeontology            study of microscopic fossils

microphagous                  feeding on small creatures or plants

microphobia                   the fear of small things

microphyllous                 having small leaves

microphytology                study of very small plant life

micropodal                    having extremely small feet

micropolis                    small city

micropsia                     disease causing objects to appear smaller than actual size

micropyle                     microscopic orifice

microscopy                    study of minute objects

microseismograph              instrument for recording small or distant earthquakes

microseismometer              instrument for measuring small or distant earthquakes

microsomatous                 having a small body

microtome                     instrument used to cut very small sections of something

micrurgy                      dissection under magnification or under a microscope

micturition                   the act of urinating

mida                          larva of the bean-fly

midden                        old Scottish word for dung-hill or refuse heap

midinette                     shop-girl

midlenting                    custom of giving gifts to parents on mid-lent sunday

mien                          air or look; manner

mignon                                small and dainty

migraineur                    one who suffers from migraines

mil                           unit of 1/1000 inch used for measuring thickness of wire

milce-witter                  knowing mercy

mileometer                    instrument for recording distance travelled in miles

miliary                       like or concerning millet seeds

militaster                    soldier without skill or ability

milleflori                    glassware made of coloured rods embedded in clear glass

millenarian                   1. apocalyptic

millenarian                   2. of or relating to 1000 years

millenarianism                belief that an ideal society will be produced in the near future

millesimal                    thousandth; consisting of thousandth parts

milliad                       millennium; period of a thousand years

milliammeter                  instrument for recording very small electrical currents

millihelen                    the quantity of beauty required to launch precisely one ship

millionocracy                 government by millionaires

millocracy                    government by mill owners

milquetoast                   very timid; unassertive person

milt                          fish spawn

milvine                       of, like or pertaining to kites and similar birds

mim                           affectedly shy or modest, demure; also, affecting great moderation in eating and drinking

mim                           prim, demure

mimature                      mimicry

mimetic                       imitative; of, like or pertaining to mimicry

miminy-piminy                 ridiculously delicate or over-refined; finicky

mimography                    written representation of signs

mimp                          to speak in a prissy manner, usually with pursed lips

minacious                     meanacing, threatening; minatory

minargent                     alloy of copper, silver and aluminum

minatory                      having a menacing quality; threatening

minauderie                    display of affectation

mineralogy                    study of minerals

minger                        an ugly or unattractive person, esp. a woman

mingy                         mean, stingy

miniaceous                    colour of reddish lead

miniate                       to decorate with rubrics; to illuminate a manuscript

miniaturist                   one who paints miniature pictures

minify                        to diminish, in appearance or reality

minim                         unit of liquid volume equal to 1/480 fluid ounces

minimifidian                  having virtually no faith, almost faithless

minimism                      inclination to reduce a dogma to the least possible

minimuscular                  tiny

minium                        vermilion; red lead

minimus                       the little finger or toe

miniver                       ermine in winter coat; ermine or squirrel fur

minnesinger                   medieval troubadour or poet

minster                       church associated with a monastery

minuend                       number from which another is to be subtracted

minuet                        slow and stately baroque dance in 3/4 time

minutious                     paying undue attention to minutiae

miosis                        abnormal contraction of the pupil of the eye

miothermic                    of, like or pertaining to temperature conditions of the present day

mirabile dictu                incredible

mirabilia                     wonders

mirabiliary                   a person who deals in marvels, a miracle-worker; a collector of marvelous things

mirabilist                    one who works wonders; a conjuror

mirador                       belvedere or watchtower; architectural feature with good view

mird                          to meddle

miridically                   amazingly, remarkably

mirific                       wonder-working; marvellous

mirliton                      reed pipe

misacceptation                misinterpretation

misandronist                  a person who believes men are the source of all problems

misandry                      a hatred of men

misanthrope                   one who hates or distrusts mankind

misapodysis                   the fear of being undressed or seen undressed

misarchist                    one who hates any form of authority

misaunter                     misadventure or mishap

misbeseem                     to be unsuited or unsuitable to

miscegene                     person of mixed racial heritage

miscellanarian                writer of miscellanies

miscible                      capable of being mixed; mixable

mise-en-scene                 narrowly, a stage setting; broadly, visual style

miserabilism                  a philosophy of pessimism; self-indulgent pessimism; gloomy negativity

misericord                    ledge in church to lean against while standing; forgiveness or mercy

misfeasance                   doing of a lawful act in a wrongful manner

mishanter                     misadventure; misfortune; mishap

mislight                      to lead astray by a light

misocainea                    an abnormal aversion to new things or ideas

misocapnic                    hating tobacco or its smoke

misocapnist                   one who hates the smell of tobacco smoke

misoclere                     one who hates the clergy

misodoctakleidist             someone who hates practicing the piano

misogallic                    hating France or the French

misogamist                    one who hates marriage

misogynist                    one who hates or distrusts women

misologist                    a hater of knowledge and enlightenment

misology                      a hatred of argument, reasoning or enlightenment

misomaniac                    a person who hates everything

misomath                      a hater of math or science

misoneism                     a hatred, fear or intolerance of innovation or change

misoneist                     a hater of things which are new

misopaedia                    hatred of children

misopedia                     a severe dislike of children, esp one's own

misopedist                    one who detests children

misopolemiac                  a hater of war and strife

misoscopist                   1. a hater of beauty

misoscopist                   2. a recluse

misosophist                   one who hates all wisdom or learning

misosophy                     hatred of knowledge or wisdom

misotheism                    hatred of God or deities

misotramontanist              one who hates "whatever is beyond the mountain" (the unknown)

misotyrannist                 one who hates tyranny

misoxene                      one who hates strangers

misoxeny                      the dislike of strangers

misprise                      to scorn; to slight; to undervalue

misprision                    1. neglect of an official duty

misprision                    2. concealing of treason or felony by one who did not participate in the act

misprision                    3. seditious conduct against the governement or courts

misprize                      to hold in contempt; despise; undervalue

missal                        book containing complete service for mass

mistemious                    marked by the misuse of alcohol; drunken

mistetch                      bad habit

mistigris                     variation of poker where blank card can have any value

misyoke                       to yoke or marry unsuitably

mitching                      skulking, lurking; playing truant

miter                         the tall pointed hat worn by bishops and abbots

mithridate                    an antidote against poison

mithridatism                  immunity to poison by taking increasingly large doses

miticide                      agent which kills mites

mitogenic                     causing cell division

mitrailleur                   machine-gunner

mitrate                       shaped like a mitre or bonnet

mitriform                     mitre-shaped

mittimus                      warrant granted for sending a charged person to jail

mixen                         dunghill

mixotrophic                   combining different modes of nutrition

mizmaze                       labyrinth; bewilderment

mizzen                        three-masted vessel; aft sail of such a vessel

mizzenmast                    mast aft or next aft of the mainmast in a ship

mizzle                        1. to rain in very fine drops; drizzle

mizzle                        2. to depart suddenly; absquatulate

mnemon                        unit of memory, largely hypothetical

mnemonist                     one from whose memory nothing is erased

mnemophobia                   the fear of memories

mnemotechny                   system for improving memory

mnesic                        of, like or pertaining to memory

moanworthy                    worthy of moans; lamentable

mobocracy                     government by mobs or crowds

mockado                       inferior quality woollen fabric

modalism                      belief in unity of father, son and holy spirit

modena                        crimson

modillion                     ornamental bracket under corinthian or other column

modish                        fashionable; stylish

modiste                       a maker or seller of fashionable dresses and hats

modius                        cylindrical headdress of the Gods

modoc                         a person who takes up aviation for reasons of self-promotion or social prestige; also, a pilot who talks boastfully about flying, but rarely flies

modulus                       number leaving same remainder when divided into two others

moeurs                        the behaviour, customs, or habits of a people or a group of people

mofette                       volcanic opening in the earth emitting carbon dioxide

mofussil                      provincial; rural

mog                           to move away; jog

mogadore                      ribbed silk used in making neckties

mogigraphia                   writing only with difficulty; writer's cramp

mogilalia                     speaking only with difficulty

mogue                         to deceive, fool, trick; to play a joke on, make fun of

mohair                        fabric made from silky hair of angora goats

moider                        1. to perplex, bewilder

moider                        2. to distract, bother

moider                        3. to talk incoherently; be delirious

moider                        4. to wander about aimlessly or confusedly

moiety                        one of two equal parts; about half of something

moil                          hard work; drudgery; confusion, turmoil

moilsome                      laborious

moineau                       small flat bastion that protects fortification when being built

moira                         individual destiny, will of the gods; fate

moiré                         watered appearance on cloth or metal

moirologist                   a hired mourner; one hired to mourn at funerals

mokita                        the truth that everyone knows but no one talks about

molariform                    shaped like a molar

mole                          the molecular weight of a substance expressed in grams; gram molecule

molendinaceous                resembling a windmill

molendinar                    of, like or pertaining to a mill or miller

molendinary                   mill

moleskin                      heavy durable cotton

molimen                       great effort, especially in performing natural functions

moliminous                    massive, cumbrous; weighty, momentous

molinary                      of, like or pertaining to mills or grinding

molinology                    study of mills and milling

mollescent                    softening

molligrant                    a wailing lamentation; complaint

mollipilose                   downy; soft; having soft plumage

mollities                     softness; softening

mollitious                    luxurious; sensuous

mollitude                     softness; effeminacy; weakness

mollock                       to cavort; spec. to engage in sexual play

molluscicide                  killing of mollusks

mollycoddle                   an effeminate man

molochize                     to sacrifice

molossus                      verse foot of three long syllables

molybdosis                    lead poisoning

molysomophobia                the fear of contamination

mome                          1. a stupid, boring person

mome                          2. grave, solemn

momentaneous                  momentary; instantaneous

momilogy                      study of mummies

momiology                     the study of mummies

momist                        a fault-finder

mommixity                     fuss, bother

momus                         satirist; critic

mon                           Japanese family crest

monachise                     to cause to become a monk

monachism                     monasticism

monadism                      theory that there exist ultimate units of being

monandry                      marriage to only one man at a time

monanthous                    having only a single flower

monarsenous                   having one male for several females (zoological); an unbalanced number at a dinner

party or at dances

monaxial                      having only one axis

mondain                       worldly; fashionable; such a person

mondegreen                    the mishearing of a song lyric

monepic                       comprising only one word or single-word sentences

monergism                     theory that the holy spirit alone can act

moneyocracy                   government by the monied classes

mongery                       trafficking or marketing, especially in discreditable ways

mongo                         an object retrieved from rubbish; a scavenger

monial                        a nun

moniliform                    shaped like a string of beads

monish                        to admonish; to give counsel, warning, or criticism

monism                        belief that all things can be placed in one category

monition                      caution; warning

monitory                      letter containing a warning

monkery                       monks in general; monasticism; behaviour of monks

monkey's wedding              a South African term meaning sunshine while it’s raining

monoblepsia                   colour-blindness for all but one colour

monocarpic                    producing fruit only once

monocerous                    having only one horn

monochord                     musical instrument having only one string

monochroic                    of one colour

monochromasy                  complete colour-blindness

monochronic                   contemporaneous

monocracy                     government by one individual

monoculture                   growing of one agricultural crop only

monoculus                     one-eyed person

monodont                      one-tusked

monodrama                     one-man show; play having only one actor

monody                        mournful ode or poem performed by a single mourner

monoecious                    having both male and female reproductive organs

monogenesis                   origin of offspring from identical parent

monogenism                    the belief that all humans are descended from two people

monogoneutic                  having only a single brood or litter

monogony                      asexual reproduction

monoideism                    obsession or fixation on a single idea or thought

monolatry                     worship of one God without excluding belief in others

monoliteral                   comprising only one letter

monolith                      large single stone in form of monument, obelisk or column

monology                      habit of offering soliloquies or monologues

monomachy                     single combat; a duel

monomania                     abnormal obsession with a single thought or idea

monomath                      someone who knows all about a single subject and nothing else

monomorphic                   having only one form

monomyth                      an archetypal myth; a theme that underlies a number of superficially different myths; the hero's journey

monoousian                    having the same substance

monopathophobia               the fear of a specific disease

monophagous                   feeding on only one type of food

monophobia                    the fear of being alone or of a single thing

monophylletic                 derived from common ancestry or parentage

monophysitism                 belief that Christ was primarily divine but in human form

monopode                      one-footed person with foot large enough to be a sunshade

monopolylogue                 dramatic work in which one actor plays many roles

monopsony                     a market situation in which there is only one buyer

monopsychism                  belief that individuals have a single eternal soul

monopteron                    circular temple with one ring of columns

monoptote                     word with one form for all cases; indeclinable noun

monorhyme                     series of lines all rhyming together

monoschemic                   having the same metrical pattern throughout

monostichous                  in one line; in one row

monostrophe                   poem in which all stanzas share an identical structure

monostylar                    consisting of a single shaft

monosy                        separation of parts normally fused

monotheism                    belief in only one God

monotheletism                 belief that Christ had only one will

monothelious                  polyandrous

monotroch                     wheelbarrow

monoxylon                     canoe made from one log

monstrance                    vessel used to expose the eucharist

montane                       mountainous; mountain-dwelling

montant                       vertical member in panelling or framing

montero                       huntsman

montgolfier                   balloon using fire for propulsion

monticle                      a little hill

monticolous                   mountain-dwelling

montiform                     shaped like a mountain

montre                        visible pipes of an organ

monture                       mounting, setting or frame

mook                          an incompetant or stupid person, a gullible person; a contemptible person

mooncalf                      1. false conception or fleshy mass in the womb

mooncalf                      2. simpleton, blockhead

moonglade                     the track made by moonlight on water

moonraker                     topmost sail of a ship, above the skyscraper

moorlog                       deposit of decayed woody material under a marsh

moot                          meeting; gathering; meeting-hall

mopsical                      short-sighted

moquette                      thick piled fabric used in upholstery and carpeting

mor                           humus layer formed by slow decomposition in acidic soil

mora                          delay

morassic                      of, like or pertaining to a morass

morate                        moral; respectable; good manners

morbidezza                    an extreme delicacy and softness

morbiferous                   disease-bringing

morbific                      causing or producing disease; pathogenic

morbilli                      measles

morbilliform                  like or resembling measles

morbus                        disease

morcellate                    to divide into small portions

mordacious                    biting or given to biting; biting or sharp in manner; caustic

mordant                       biting and sarcastic in manner, thought or style

mordent                       rapidly alternating a tone with one half-tone lower; reverse trill

moreen                        stout corded wool or cotton

morel                         dark-coloured horse; blackish colour

moresco                       a Moorish dance or morris-dance

morgan                        unit of inferred distance between genes on a chromosome

morganatic                    of, like or pertaining to a marriage between those of unequal rank

morganise                     to secretly do away with

morgen                        unit of land area slightly more than two acres

morgue                        haughtiness; arrogance

moria                         folly

morient                       dying

moriform                      shaped like a mulberry

morigeration                  obedience, compliance, obsequiousness; deferential behaviour

morigerous                    obedient, compliant, submissive

morion                        open helmet without visor

morioplasty                   restoration of lost parts of the body

morkin                        animal that has died by accident

morling                       sheep dead from disease; its wool

mormal                        inflamed sore

morne                         dismal; gloomy; sombre

morologist                    1. a boring fool who speaks utter nonsense; a foolish talker

morologist                    2. a student of fools or folly

morology                      1. the study of foolish and nonsensical talking

morology                      2. deliberate nonsense or foolishness for effect

morosis                       pathological feeble-mindedness

morosophy                     foolish pretence of wisdom

morphallaxis                  regeneration in a changed form

morphean                      of, like or pertaining to dreams

morphew                       skin eruption

morphinomania                 habitual craving or desire for morphine

morphogenesis                 origin or development of a body part or organ

morphology                    study of forms and the development of structures

morphometry                   measurement of form or shape

morphonomy                    laws governing biological morphology

morphotic                     of, like or pertaining to formation or development

morris                        vigorous English dance performed by costumed men

morro                         rounded hill or headland

morsal                        of, like or pertaining to the cutting edge of a knife

morse                         walrus

morsitation                   act of biting or gnawing

morsure                       a bite

mortalism                     belief that the soul is mortal

mortiferous                   death-bringing; fatal

mortise                       hole or recess made in wood to receive a tenon

mortmain                      restrictive influence of the past on the present

moschate                      having a musky odour

moschiferous                  producing musk

mosh                          to engage in uninhibited, frenzied activities with others near the stage at a rock concert

mosh pit                      the place near the stage at a rock concert where moshing occurs

mosker                        a person who pawns articles for more than their real value

moslings                      thin strips taken off when dressing skins

motable                       constantly moving

motatorious                   in constant motion

motatory                      continually moving

motch                         to eat little, slowly, quietly and secretly; to consume or waste imperceptibly

mother                        dregs, sediment; scum; mold; esp. the lees or sediment of wine; the scum rising to the surface of wine or beer

mothery                       thick, moldy

motiferous                    conveying motion

motile                        capable of moving spontaneously as a whole

motograph                     old telegraph or telephone receiver

motrix                        female motor

motte                         artificial mound upon which a castle is built

mottle                        to variegate blotchily

moucharaby                    projecting latticed window

mouchard                      police spy

moue                          a sulky or disdainful expression; a pout

mouillé                       sounded in a liquid manner; palatized

moulage                       an impression made for use as evidence in a criminal investigation

mouldwarp                     mole

moulin                        shaft in a glacier caused by water running down a crack

moulinet                      machine for bending a crossbow

mountebank                    1. a person who sells quack medicines from a platform

mountebank                    2. a boastful unscrupulous pretender; charlatan

mountenance                   amount; distance

mountweazel                   a bogus entry purposely inserted into a reference work; a copyright trap

mournival                     set of four things, esp. a set of 4 kings, queens, jacks or aces in one card hand

mousseline                    1. fine sheer fabric

mousseline                    2. very fine glassware

mouton                        sheepskin processed to look like the fur of another animal

movent                        moving; capable of causing motion

mow                           to make a grimace

moya                          volcanic mud

mozzetta                      short cape with ornamental hood worn by Catholic prelates

mucago                        mucus; mucilage

mucedinous                    mouldy; mildewy

muchity                       great size or bulk

mucid                         mouldy; musty

muciferous                    conveying or secreting mucus

mucilage                      any sticky substance

mucivorous                    feeding on plant juices

muckle                        great, much

mucopurulent                  composed entirely of mucus and pus

mucorrhoea                    discharge of mucus

mucronate                     terminating in a sharp point

mucrone                       stiff sharp point forming an abrupt end

mucroniform                   like, having or resembling a sharp point

muculency                     acting very snotty

muculent                      slimy; moist, and moderately viscous; resembling mucus

mudlark                       1. an urchin who grubs for a living along the tide flats of the English Thames

mudlark                       2. someone who scavenges in river mud for items of value (riverside equivalent of a beachcomber)

mudsill                       a person of the lowest stratum of society

muff                          a  dull, stupid person

muffineer                     dish for keeping muffins hot

muffish                       foolish; incompetent; clumsy

muffishness                   foolishness; awkwardness

muffism                       the action characteristic of a muff or incompetent person; foolishness

mugient                       bellowing; braying

mugwump                       a bolter from the Rep. party in 1884; a political independent

mulciberian                   of, like or pertaining to metalworking

mulct                         to swindle; to obtain by fraud; to take money from, by taxation or by trickery

mulctuary                     punishable by a fine

muleta                        the red cape used by matadors

muleteer                      mule-driver

muliebrile                    womanly; feminine

muliebrity                    the state of being a woman; womanhood; femininity  

mulierosity                   an excessive fondness for women; also, mulierose; excessively fond of women

mulism                        obstinate quirk or habit

mull                          1. soft fine sheer cotton or silk fabric

mull                          2. to moisten leather to make it more supple

muller                        flat heavy stone or iron pulverizing tool

mullet                        five-pointed star in heraldry; ridiculous hairstyle

mulley                        hornless

mulligrubs                    a state of depression of spirits; a fit of megrims or spleen; the morbs

mullion                       upright division between window panes

mullock                       waste earth or rock from a mine

mulm                          organic sediment at bottom of an aquarium

mulse                         boiled wine with honey

multanimous                   having a many-sided mind

multarticulate                many-jointed

multeity                      manifoldness; very great numerousness

multicapitate                 many-headed

multicipital                  many-headed

multifarious                  having great diversity; manifold

multifid                      having many divisions

multiflorous                  many-flowered

multilocation                 appearance in many places simultaneously

multiloculate                 many-chambered

multiloquent                  talkative; garrulous

multiparous                   having given birth to multiple children

multiplicative                indicating repetition or augmentation

multipotent                   having the power to do many things

multiscience                  knowledge of many things

multisonant                   producing many or very loud sounds

multisonous                   composed of many different sounds

multisulcate                  many-furrowed

multitarian                   having many forms but one central essence

multivious                    having many ways or roads; going in many directions

multivious                    leading in many directions; offering many different paths

multivocal                    having many meanings

multivolent                   having several differing opinions; disagreeing

multivoltine                  having several broods in one season

multure                       fee for grinding grain

mumchance                     silent; unable to speak

mummery                       a performance by mummers (pantomimes); a ridiculous, hypocritical or pretentious ceremony

mumping                       to obtain by begging or scrounging; the acceptance of small bribes

mumpsimus                     someone who obstinately clings to old ways, in spite of the clearest evidence that s/he is wrong

mundation                     the act of cleaning or the state of being clean

mundicidious                  likely or able to destroy the world

mundificative                 a cleansing or purifying medicine

mundify                       to cleanse; to purify; to heal

mundivagant                   wandering through the world; world-wandering

mundungus                     foul-smelling tobacco

mungo                         1. waste produced in a woollen-mill

mungo                         2. a ‘dumpster diver’; one who extracts valuable things from trash

munificence                   magnificent liberality in giving

munify                        to fortify

muniment                      means of defence; record fortifying or proving a claim

munting                       vertical framing piece between door panels

muonium                       positively-charged muon attached to an electron

murage                        tax for the upkeep of walls

murally                       by means of walls; on or from a wall

murcid                        slothful

murcous                       having the thumb cut off

murdermonger                  1. a writer or purveyor of murder stories

murdermonger                  2. a person who commits or incites murder; a professional murderer

murdrum                       1. the killing of someone in a secret manner

murdrum                       2. a fine imposed by the Crown on a manor or hundred (district) in which such a killing had been committed (also called the murder fine)

murenger                      official in charge of ensuring city walls are repaired

murgeon                       a grimace or a wry face

muriated                      pickled; preserved

muriatic                      briny

muricate                      rough or warty with sharp points

muriform                      resembling a mouse or rat

murine                        of, like or pertaining to mice and rats

muriphobia                    the fear of mice or rats

murmuration                   1. the act of murmuring; the uttering of low continuous sounds or complaining noises

murmuration                   2. rumoring; the action of spreading rumors

murmuration                   3. a flock of starlings

murrain                       epidemic or plague affecting livestock

murrhine                      clear glassware containing pieces of coloured glass

murth                         a great quantity, an abundance  a murth of cold

musaceous                     of, pertaining to, or resembling bananas or plantains

musal                         of, like or pertaining to poetry or the muses

musard                        a dreamer; an absent-minded person

muscariform                   shaped like a brush

muscicapine                   of, like or pertaining to flycatchers and related birds

muscicide                     substance for killing flies

muscid                        of, like or pertaining to house-flies

muscoid                       of, like or pertaining to mosses; moss-like

muscology                     the study of mosses

museology                     the science of museum curatorship, including the collection and care of antiques

musicaster                    a mediocre musician

muslin                        plain-woven fine cotton

musomania                     obsession with music

musophobia                    the fear of mice or rats

musophobist                   a person who regards poetry with suspicious dislike

musrol                        nose-band of a bridle

mussitate                     to mutter

mussitation                   muttering to oneself soundlessly; murmuring

mustelid                      otters, badgers and weasels

musteline                     characteristic of a weasel or similar fur-bearing mammals such as badger and otter

mutagenesis                   origin or induction of mutation

mutatis mutandis              with the necessary changes having been made; the respective differences having been considered

mutative                      indicating a change of place or state

mutchkin                      old unit of liquid measurement equal to 3/4 of an imperial pint

mutic                         lacking normal defensive parts or organs

mutivity                      tendency to alter

mutualism                     belief in mutual dependence of society and the individual

mutuatitial                   borrowed; something which is borrowed

muzhik                        a Russian peasant

muzzy                         muddled or confused in mind; lacking in clarity, dull, gloomy

mvule                         kind of African tree like a mulberry; hard wood of that tree

myasthenia                    muscular weakness or debility

mycetism                      fungus poisoning

mycology                      study of funguses

mycophagous                   eating fungus

mycosis                       disease due to the growth of a fungus

mycteric                      of, like or pertaining to the nostrils

mycterism                     a disdainful gibe or scoff; a sneer; a taunting

myctophobia                   the fear of darkness or of the night

mydriasis                     morbid dilatation of the pupil of the eye

myelic                        of, like or pertaining to the spinal cord

myogenic                      having a muscular origin

myograph                      instrument for recording muscular contractions

myology                       study of muscles

myomancy                      foretelling the future using the movement of mice

myophobia                     the fear of mice

myosis                        excessive contraction of the pupil of the eye

myoxine                       of, like or pertaining to dormice

myriacanthous                 having many prickles

myriadigamous                 pertaining to someone who is willing to marry all kinds of people

myriadth                      being a one-ten-thousandth part of a whole

myriarchy                     government by ten thousand individuals

myringa                       eardrum

myringoscope                  instrument for viewing the eardrum

myriorama                     picture consisting of many interchangeable parts

myristicivorous               feeding upon nutmegs

myrmecoid                     antlike

myrmecology                   the study of ants

myrmecophagid                 of, like or pertaining to anteaters

myrmecophagous                feeding on ants

myrmecophilous                having a symbiotic relationship with ants

myrmecophobia                 the fear of ants

myrmicine                     of, like or pertaining to ants

myrmidon                      a loyal follower, a subordinate who follows orders unquestioningly or pitilessly

myrmidonize                   to make hard, to harden

myropologist                  one who sells perfume

mysophobia                    an abnormal fear of filth

mystacial                     resembling a mustache

mystagogical                  of, like or pertaining to religious ritual initiation

mysteriosophy                 system of knowledge concerning secrets and mysteries

mysterium                     a hypothetical substance to which a galactic radio emission at 1665 megahertz was attributed until it was identified as an exceptionally strong component of a set of four lines emitted by the hydroxyl radical, OH

mytacism                      the incorrect or excessive use of the letter M

mythoclast                    destroyer of myths

mythogenesis                  origin of myths

mythography                   descriptive study or representation of myths

mythomane                     one who is prone to lie or believe in lies

mythomania                    an excessive or abnormal propensity for lying and exaggerating

mythopoeic                    giving rise to myths

myxophobia                    the fear of slime





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