[mey-neez; Latin mah-nes]
(used with a plural verb) Roman Religion. the souls of the dead; shades.
(used with a singular verb) the spirit or shade of a particular dead person.
Also, Ma·nes.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin mānēs (plural); akin to Latin mānis, mānus good Unabridged


a.d. 216?–276?, Persian prophet: founder of Manicheanism.
Also called Manicheus, Mani.


the long hair growing on the back of or around the neck and neighboring parts of some animals, as the horse or lion. See diag. under horse.
Informal. (on a human being) a head of distinctively long and thick or rough hair.

before 900; Middle English; Old English manu; cognate with German Mähne, Dutch manen, Old Norse mǫn

maned, adjective
maneless, adjective
unmaned, adjective Unabridged
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mane (meɪn)
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
[Old English manu; related to Old High German mana, Old Norse mön, and perhaps to Old English mene and Old High German menni necklace]

manes (ˈmɑːneɪz, Latin ˈmɑːnɛs)
pl n
1.  the spirits of the dead, often revered as minor deities
2.  (functioning as singular) the shade of a dead person
[C14: from Latin, probably: the good ones, from Old Latin mānus good]

Manes (ˈmeɪniːz)
See Mani

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Word Origin & History

O.E. manu "mane," related to mene "necklace," from P.Gmc. *mano (cf. O.N. mön, O.Fris. mana, M.Du. manen, Ger. Mähne "mane"), perhaps from PIE *men- "to stand out, project" (cf. L. eminere "to stand out," mons "mountain," Skt. manya "nape of the neck," L. monile "necklace," O.Ir. muin "neck,"
Welsh mwnwgl "neck," mwng "mane").
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Example sentences
For their money, they want big males with manes, not females or the scrawny subadults that anger farmers by killing livestock.
Biologists think males evolved their impressive manes in part to provide neck protection during fights, among other reasons.
Back on dry land, the ponies shake the water from their manes.
It was really awesome because they were two brothers and both of them had big manes.
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