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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mao Tsetung \Mao Tsetung\, Mao Zedong \Mao Zedong\prop. n. The leader of the Chinese communist party and later of teh People's Repbulic of China; b. 1893, d. 1976. Also referred to a simply Mao. [Also spelled Mao Tse-Tung.]


Mao \Mao\ prop. n. See Mao Tsetung.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"simple style of clothing based on dress in Communist China," 1967, from French, from name of Mao Tse-tung (1893-1976), Chinese communist leader. Related: Maoism.


n. The ma'oma'o, ''Gymnomyza samoensis'', a large passerine bird native to Samoa.

Mao (card game)

Mao (or Mau) is a card game of the shedding family, in which the aim is to get rid of all of the cards in hand without breaking certain unspoken rules. The game is from a subset of the Stops family and is similar in structure to the card game Uno or Crazy Eights.

The game forbids its players from explaining the rules, and new players are often told only "the only rule you may be told is this one". The ultimate goal of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all the cards in their hand. Specifics are discovered through trial and error. A player who breaks a rule is penalized by being given an additional card from the deck. The person giving the penalty must state what the incorrect action was, without explaining the rule that was broken.

There are many variants of Mao in existence. While beginners sometimes assume that the dealer (sometimes called the "Chairman", the "Mao" or the "Grand Master") and other experienced players are simply making up possibly inconsistent rules (as in the games Mornington Crescent or Fizbin), the rules of Mao are consistent within each game and can be followed correctly.

Mao (disambiguation)

Mao Zedong, or simply Mao, was the founder of the People's Republic of China.

Mao may also refer to:

  • Mao (surname), Chinese family name
  • Mao (name), Chinese and Japanese first name
  • Mao (people), one of the scheduled tribes of India
  • Mao (languages), a group of Omotic languages in western Ethiopia
  • Mao (card game), a card game
  • Mao Naga, a Naga tribe in India
  • Jiao (currency), one tenth of a Chinese yuan
  • Mao (bird), a bird species Gymnomyza samoensis
  • Mah or Mao, the Zoroastrianism's divinity of the moon
  • Ma‘o, an Hawaiian name for a species of cotton
Mao (bird)

The mao or ma'oma'o is a passerine bird belonging to the genus Gymnomyza in the honeyeater family Meliphagidae. It is an endangered species and is endemic to the Samoan Islands.

It is a large honeyeater, 28–31 cm long. The plumage is dark, varying from blackish on the head and breast to olive-green on the wings and body. There is a dark greenish mark under the eye. The bill is long, curved and black in an adult and yellowish in a chick or juvenile and the legs and feet are also black. Adult birds have light blue or brown eyes whilst all juveniles have a brown iris. It characteristically bobs its tail while foraging along the trunk and branches of trees.

Nests are built at varying heights in the branches of many different tree species. A single whitish brown speckled egg is laid in a simple sticky cup nest. The single chick is in the nest for approximately 1 month prior to fledging. During this time it is fed both small vertebrates, such as geckos, and insects. After leaving the nest the juvenile remains in the core breeding territory where it is fed by the female for 2-2.5 additional months. During this time it follows the female making loud begging calls.

It is a noisy bird with beautiful loud whistling and mewing calls given most often prior to dawn and around dusk. A breeding pair also do complex duets.

It is found on the islands of Upolu and Savai'i and formerly occurred also on Tutuila but is now locally extinct in the later. It normally inhabits mountain forest but has also been recorded in scrub and coastal coconut trees. There is thought to be a population of approximately 1000-250 birds and it is thought to be declining. It is threatened by destruction of the forest and the spread of introduced predators such as rats.

In December 2014, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced the Ma‘oma‘o as a candidate for ESA protection, describing the species as "a large, dusky olive-green honeyeater native to Upolu and Savaii, Independent Samoa (Samoa), and Tutuila Island, American Samoa, but now only found in small populations on the islands of Savaii and Upolu."


Mäo may refer to several places in Estonia:

  • Mäo, Järva County, village in Paide Parish, Järva County
  • Mäo, Lääne-Viru County, village in Kadrina Parish, Lääne-Viru County
Mao (name)

Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung), also known as "Chairman Mao", was the leader of the Communist Party of China from 1935 to 1976 and of the People's Republic of China from 1949 to 1976.

Mao or MAO may also refer to:

Mao (surname)

Mao is the romanization of several Chinese family names, including common names 毛 Máo, 茅 Māo and some rare names wikt:茆 Máo, wikt:卯 Máo, wikt:貌 Mào etc.

wikt:毛 originated from Ji , the clan name of Zhou Dynasty. 毛 is the 106th surname in the Hundred Family Surnames, and ranks 87th largest number of people with this surname in China(2007).

wikt:茅 is the 119th surname in Hundred Family Surnames.

Mao (singer)

Mauro Gurlino, on stage Mao (Turin, 16 April 1971), is an Italian actor, guitarist, singer, DJ, VJ and radio-TV presenter.

Usage examples of "mao".

Bu guan shi bai mao hai shi hei mao, zhuo dao lao shu jiu shi hao mao.

Before Chairman Mao and 47 the Cultural Revolution we would have displayed a family tree and a picture of the god of fortune too, on the wall just above the table.

They tore down temples and shrines: Mao wanted communism to have no competition from other religions.

Teacher Song brought pictures of Chairman Mao and Vice-Chairman Lin Biao, and we pasted them onto the middle of the front wall.

Before we start our first class each day, we will bow to Chairman Mao in all sincerity.

Chairman Mao made it possible for everyone in China to have this privilege.

Chairman Mao, I love Chairman Mao, you love Chairman Mao, we all love Chairman Mao.

On the front wall were large pictures of Chairman Mao 94 and Vice-Chairman Lin Biao, smiling warmly to us from above the blackboard.

Often our school organised rallies when we would march around the villages playing drums, cymbals and other instruments, carrying gigantic pictures of Chairman Mao and waving red flags.

Lin Biao had been planning a major coup for a number of years and Chairman Mao had narrowly escaped several assassination attempts.

Madame Mao wanted to train us to be faithful young guards, so our backgrounds had to be pure, safe and reliable.

They also give me a beautiful diary with many pictures of Chairman Mao in it.

Part Two Beijing 123 8 Feather in a whirlwhind At first, despite missing home, the thrill of being in Beijing near our great and beloved leader Chairman Mao completely overwhelmed me.

Here I was, part of the Beijing Dance Academy, with Madame Mao our honorary artistic director.

On the way to our academy on the bus that day we detoured to Zhongnanhai, where Chairman Mao, Madame Mao and all the top government officials lived.