maya

[mah-yah, -yuh]
noun Hinduism.
1.
the power, as of a god, to produce illusions.
2.
the production of an illusion.
3.
(in Vedantic philosophy) the illusion of the reality of sensory experience and of the experienced qualities and attributes of oneself.
4.
(initial capital letter) . Also called Mahamaya. a goddess personifying the power that creates phenomena.

Origin:
1815–25; < Sanskrit

mayan, adjective
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Maya

[mah-yuh]
noun, plural Mayas (especially collectively) Maya.
1.
a member of a major pre-Columbian civilization of the Yucatán Peninsula that reached its peak in the 9th century a.d. and produced magnificent ceremonial cities with pyramids, a sophisticated mathematical and calendar system, hieroglyphic writing, and fine sculpture, painting, and ceramics.
2.
a member of a modern American Indian people of southern Mexico, Guatemala, and parts of Honduras who are the descendants of this ancient civilization.
3.
any of the Mayan languages; the historical and modern languages of the Mayas.
adjective
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maya (ˈmaɪə, ˈmɑːjə, ˈmɑːjɑː)
 
n
Hinduism illusion, esp the material world of the senses regarded as illusory
 
[C19: from Sanskrit]
 
'mayan
 
adj

Maya1 (ˈmaɪə, ˈmɑːjə, ˈmɑːjɑː)
 
n
the Hindu goddess of illusion, the personification of the idea that the material world is illusory
 
'Mayan1
 
adj

Maya2 (ˈmaɪə)
 
n , -ya, -yas
1.  Also called: Mayan a member of an American Indian people of Yucatan, Belize, and N Guatemala, having an ancient culture once characterized by outstanding achievements in architecture, astronomy, chronology, painting, and pottery
2.  See also Mayan the language of this people

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