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      n      the plural of       mare   2  

Ave Maria


      n      another name for       Hail Mary  
     (C14: from Medieval Latin: hail, Mary!)  
Black Maria  
      n   a police van for transporting prisoners  
Henrietta Maria  
      n   1609--69, queen of England (1625--49), the wife of Charles I; daughter of Henry IV of France. Her Roman Catholicism contributed to the unpopularity of the crown in the period leading to the Civil War  
Maria de' Medici     (Italian)  
      n   French name Marie de Médicis. 1573--1642, queen of France (1600--10) by marriage to Henry IV of France; daughter of Francesco, grand duke of Tuscany. She became regent for her son (later Louis XIII) but continued to wield power after he came of age (1614). She was finally exiled from France in 1631 after plotting to undermine Richelieu's influence at court  
Maria Theresa  
      n   1717--80, archduchess of Austria and queen of Hungary and Bohemia (1740--80); the daughter and heiress of Emperor Charles VI of Austria; the wife of Emperor Francis I; the mother of Emperor Joseph II. In the War of the Austrian Succession (1740--48) she was confirmed in all her possessions except Silesia, which she attempted unsuccessfully to regain in the Seven Years' War (1756--63)  
Santa Maria   [1]  
      n   the. the flagship of Columbus on his first voyage to America (1492)  
Santa Maria   [2]  
1      (Portuguese)   a city in S Brazil, in Rio Grande do Sul state. Pop.: 193294 (1991)  
2      (Spanish)   an active volcano in SW Guatemala. Height: 3768 m (12362 ft.)  
Tia Maria  
      n   Trademark   a coffee-flavoured liqueur from the Caribbean  
Dictionnaire anglais Collins English definition-Thesaurus  
Black Maria n.
police van in which prisoners are transported from the police stations to the jails
slang term

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