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manes

[mey-neez; Latin mah-nes] /ˈmeɪ niz; Latin ˈmɑ nɛs/
noun
1.
(used with a plural verb) Roman Religion. the souls of the dead; shades.
2.
(used with a singular verb) the spirit or shade of a particular dead person.
Also, Ma·nes.
Origin of manes
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin mānēs (plural); akin to Latin mānis, mānus good

Manes

[mey-neez] /ˈmeɪ niz/
noun
1.
a.d. 216?–276? Persian prophet: founder of Manicheanism.
Also called Manicheus, Mani.

mane

[meyn] /meɪn/
noun
1.
the long hair growing on the back of or around the neck and neighboring parts of some animals, as the horse or lion.
2.
Informal. (on a human being) a head of distinctively long and thick or rough hair.
Origin
before 900; Middle English; Old English manu; cognate with German Mähne, Dutch manen, Old Norse mǫn
Related forms
maned, adjective
maneless, adjective
unmaned, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • I apologize to his manes, his descendants, and his friends for the liberty.

    Woven with the Ship Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • How she rode the horses to the spring, using their manes for a bridle!

  • You can't make a grand show here with horses, and let them gallop and prance about, and toss their manes.

    St. Peter's Umbrella Klmn Mikszth
  • And here are others, horses having their manes put in shape.

    The Little Clay Cart (Attributed To) King Shudraka
  • A funeral costs ten rupees, as several pigs must be sacrificed to the manes.

  • But to his manes alone of the Spartan dead no honours were decreed.

  • Now I am permitted to offer it only to the manes of Gustav Baur; for a few months ago death snatched him from us.

    Joshua, Complete Georg Ebers
  • It is by no means impossible, and I hope the manes of the deceased will forgive me for your sake.

    Serapis, Complete Georg Ebers
  • They rade on braw wee white naigs, wi' unco lang swooping tails, an' manes hung wi' whustles that the win' played on.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • I have no manes of supportin' her, an' I swear I'll never bring her to poverty.

    Fardorougha, The Miser William Carleton
British Dictionary definitions for manes

manes

/ˈmɑːneɪz; Latin ˈmɑːnɛs/
plural noun (sometimes capital) (in Roman legend)
1.
the spirits of the dead, often revered as minor deities
2.
(functioning as sing) the shade of a dead person
Word Origin
C14: from Latin, probably: the good ones, from Old Latin mānus good

Manes

/ˈmeɪniːz/
noun
1.
See Mani

mane

/meɪn/
noun
1.
the long coarse hair that grows from the crest of the neck in such mammals as the lion and horse
2.
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 manes

Manes

pl.

"Gods of the Lower World," in Roman religion, from Latin manes "departed spirit, ghost, shade of the dead, deified spirits of the underworld," usually said to be from Latin manus "good," thus properly "the good gods," a euphemistic word, but Tucker suggests a possible connection instead to macer, thus "the thin or unsubstantial ones."

mane

n.

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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