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Mail \Mail\, n. [F. maille, OF. also maaille, LL. medalia. See Medal.]

  1. A small piece of money; especially, an English silver half-penny of the time of Henry V. [Obs.] [Written also maile, and maille.]

  2. Rent; tribute. [Obs., except in certain compounds and phrases, as blackmail, mails and duties, etc.]

    Mail and duties (Scots Law), the rents of an estate, in whatever form paid.


Etymology 1 n. A flowering Hawaiian vine, of the genus (taxlink Alyxia genus noshow=1), used to make lei Etymology 2

n. (obsolete form of mail lang=en nodot=1) (gloss: chainmail).

Maile (disambiguation)

Maile is a species of flowering plant in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae, that is endemic to Hawaii.

Maile may also refer to:

  • Maile lei, a lei made from the maile plant
  • maile in Samoan simply means "dog"

Usage examples of "maile".

Florsheim always looked sloppy until he kicked off his clothes and stood forth in skintight bathing trunks, and then he looked like a pagan deity, huge, brown, long hair about his ears and a wreath of fragrant maile encircling his brow.

Abner was pondering these exasperating mysteries when he saw from his Dutch door a line of seven natives coming down from the hills bearing maile branches and great bouquets of ginger flowers.

Then came the kahunas wreathed in maile and secretly muttering old heathen chants to themselves, followed by the towering alii, weeping in massive grief.

It was covered with maile and lehua blossoms and by a huge silken coverlet embroidered in purple dragons.