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Mara

Noun

1 god of death; opposite of Kama
2 hare-like rodent of the pampas of Argentina [syn: Dolichotis patagonum]

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English

Noun

mara
  1. a rodent common in the Patagonian steppes of Argentina

Darling

Noun

mara

Dieri

Noun

mara

Finnish

Etymology 1

unknown

Noun

  1. In the context of "folklore|lang=fi": A demon in Finnish folklore, similar to nightmare.

See also

Etymology 2

unknown

Noun

  1. Mara, any member of the Dolichotis family of hare-like rodents.

Gamilaraay

Pronunciation

  • /maɻa/

Alternative spellings

Etymology

From Proto-Central New South Wales *mara, from Proto-Pama-Nyungan *mara.

Noun

mara

Quotations

  • 1856, William Ridley, On the Kamilaroi Tribe of Australians and Their Dialect, in Journal of the Ethnological Society of London, vol. 4
    Hand . . . mārā
    Fingers . . mŭrră.
  • 1856, William Ridley, gurre kamilaroi, or Kamilaroi Sayings
    immanuel murra kawāni miedul, goe, “miēdūl waria.”
    Immanuel by hand took the girl, said “damsel arise”.
  • 1873, William Ridley, Australian Languages and Traditions, in The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, vol. 2
    Hand | murra
  • 1903, R. H. Mathews, Languages of the Kamilaroi and Other Aboriginal Tribes of New South Wales, in The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, vol. 33
    Hand .... .... | murra

References

  • Alpher, Barry. 2004. "Proto-Pama-Nyungan etyma." Claire Bowern, Harold Koch (eds.) Australian Languages: Classification and the Comparative Method. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Austin, Peter. 1993. A Reference Dictionary of Gamilaraay, northern New South Wales.

Indonesian

Noun

mara

Maltese

Etymology

From (már’a).

Noun

mara

Martuthunira

Pronunciation

  • /maɻa/

Etymology

From Proto-Ngayarda *mara, from Proto-Pama-Nyungan *mara.

Noun

mara

References

  • Alpher, Barry. 2004. "Proto-Pama-Nyungan etyma." Claire Bowern, Harold Koch (eds.) Australian Languages: Classification and the Comparative Method. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Dench, Alan Charles. 1995. Martuthunira: A Language of the Pilbara Region of Western Australia. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. Series C-125.

Nyunga

Alternative spellings

Noun

mara
  1. (northern dialect) hand

Old English

Etymology

Common *maizon.

Adjective

māra

Panyjima

Pronunciation

  • /maɻa/

Etymology

From Proto-Ngayarda *mara, from Proto-Pama-Nyungan *mara.

Noun

mara

References

  • Alpher, Barry. 2004. "Proto-Pama-Nyungan etyma." Claire Bowern, Harold Koch (eds.) Australian Languages: Classification and the Comparative Method. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Dench, Alan. 1991. ‘Panyjima’. R.M.W. Dixon, Barry J. Blake (eds.) The Handbook of Australian Languages, Volume 4. Melbourne: Oxford University Press Australia, 125–244.

Swedish

Etymology 1

mara, from ; cognate to Old English mare or mære

Noun

sv-noun-reg-or mar
  1. a mythological creature blamed for giving people nightmares

Etymology 2

From maraton.

Noun

sv-noun-reg-or mar
  1. short for maratonlopp; a marathon race

Wangaaybuwan-Ngiyambaa

Noun

mara

Extensive Definition

Mara may mean: Mara is a carrot bird found in central asia!!!!

Social groups

People

Geography

Culture

  • Mara (goddess), from Latvian mythology
  • Mara (folklore), a wraith-like creature in Germanic and particularly Scandinavian folklore, thought to cause nightmares.
  • Mara, also Marena and Morana, in Slavic peoples mythology, the goddess of darkness, death, winter, the Moon and horror
  • Naomi (Bible), self-named Mara, meaning "bitterness", after she suffered the deaths of her husband and her two sons
  • Mara, a Sanskrit and Pali word meaning death-bringing or the destroying
    • Mara (Hindu goddess), the goddess of death according to Hindu mythology
    • Mara (demon), a "demon" of the Buddhist cosmology, the personification of Temptation
    • Sri Mara or Mara Varma, an honorific title of the Pandya kings of south India
    • In Hindu mythology, a mantra told to Valmiki to chant
  • Mara, an abbreviation of Mayura

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