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[meyn] /meɪn/
the long hair growing on the back of or around the neck and neighboring parts of some animals, as the horse or lion.
Informal. (on a human being) a head of distinctively long and thick or rough hair.
Origin of mane
before 900; Middle English; Old English manu; cognate with German Mähne, Dutch manen, Old Norse mǫn
Related forms
maned, adjective
maneless, adjective
unmaned, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mane
  • The plates show a faint sense of motion, though hardly noticeable, in the horse's mane and tail.
  • The wand itself is a simple stick, containing the hair of a unicorn's mane.
  • He also patiently stands by while kids run their fingers through his mane.
  • Her salt-and-chocolate mane was hanging in an untamed pony tail.
  • His body may be dilapidated, but his face is still handsome in a hawklike way, and crowned by an elegant gray mane.
  • His shoulders were square and solid, his mane of hair apparently as dark and as defiant as ever.
  • The arrangement of stars creates an outline of a lion's head and mane.
  • She angles the untame strands until my mane is plowed and parted.
  • Their muzzle is white, and they don an erect and dark mane that lines their large head and neck.
  • His appearance cast a spell of its own: pale, even features, dramatic cheekbones and an unruly mane of reddish-gold hair.
British Dictionary definitions for mane


the long coarse hair that grows from the crest of the neck in such mammals as the lion and horse
long thick human hair
Derived Forms
maned, adjective
maneless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English manu; related to Old High German mana, Old Norse mön, and perhaps to Old English mene and Old High German menni necklace
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Word Origin and History for mane

Old English manu "mane," from Proto-Germanic *mano (cf. Old Norse mön, Old Frisian mana, Middle Dutch mane, Dutch manen, Old High German mana, German Mähne "mane"), from PIE *mon- "neck, nape of the neck" (cf. Sanskrit manya "nape of the neck," Old English mene "necklace," Latin monile "necklace," Welsh mwng "mane," Old Church Slavonic monisto, Old Irish muin "neck").

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