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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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  • The cue of the Chinaman is equally as acceptable as hairs from the mane of the English lion.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • Well had he deserved his native name of Bwana Nyele--the master with the mane.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • I sprang forward, seized him by the mane, and vaulted upon his back.

  • Good Indian twisted a wisp of mane in his fingers, and frowned abstractedly.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • His clutching hands caught at rein and mane, and he was swept off his feet and borne onward.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He coloured, and played with the mane again, but answered—‘No, I think not.’

  • He had fainted again, and hung limply, with his face buried in the mane of the pony.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
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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