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n. A finely milled, refined and bleached wheat flour, used in making many Indian foods.


Maida may refer to:

  • French ship Viala (1795), captured by the Royal Navy and renamed HMS Maida
  • Maida (dog), a deerhound belonging to Sir Walter Scott
  • Maida flour, a flour used in South Asia to make various flatbreads and other bakery products
  • The Maida series of children's books, written by Inez Haynes Irwin
Maida (dog)

Maida (1816-1824) was a deerhound belonging to Sir Walter Scott, reported to be his favourite dog. Named after the Battle of Maida, which took place in 1806, he was a gift from Alexander Macdonell of Glengarry, a friend of Scott, and whose brother led the 78th Highlanders in the battle, a victory for the British against the French in the Napoleonic Wars.

Scott wrote to his son Charles that "Old Maida died suddenly in his straw last week, after a good supper, which, considering his weak state, was rather a deliverance; he is buried below his monument, on which the following epitaph is engraved in Latin [Maidae marmorea dormis sub imagine Maida / Ante fores domini sit tibi terra levis], thus Englished by an eminent hand : -

'Beneath the sculptured form which late you bore, Sleep soundly Maida at your master's door.'"

The monument mentioned is a statue of the dog at the hall door of Scott's home, Abbotsford House.

A statue of Scott at the Scott Monument in Edinburgh includes Maida gazing up at the seated figure. William Allan painted "Sir Walter Scott with His Dog 'Maida'" in 1831. Alexander Nasmyth painted the dog alone.

Usage examples of "maida".

Missy and Star were home with Micah, all three well fed by the beef stew that Maida had brought Poppy, which Poppy had quickly divvied up and delivered to Micah along with the girls, and there was Griffin, who had helped Micah all day and was now badly in need of a shower and food.

Maida and Zia, the neighborhood tomboys who claimed to live in the branches of the old elm tree behind the house.

Maida said, but the breeziness in her tone was gone, as though this was the point of her talk all along.