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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
brood mare
▪ He was definitely impressed by Karen's lovely grey mare, Wilma, who is a born show jumper.
▪ Uncle brought his own horse when he took over at Low Birk Hatt, an old grey mare called Madge.
▪ Well, she galloped the grey mare in, and the women stayed back.
▪ Uncle brought his own horse when he took over at Low Birk Hatt, an old grey mare called Madge.
▪ The toothless old mare only turned her head and gave Granny what seemed like a horsey laugh too.
▪ The mare basalts are denser than the rocks which typify the highlands.
▪ But whereas the mare basalts are too dense to represent the lunar mantle, the highland rocks are not dense enough.
▪ This suggests that the mare basalts and the highland rocks have both been derived from mantle rocks of intermediate density.
▪ Mantle compositions that could yield both mare basalts and highland rocks are consistent with the constraints on the interior outlined earlier.
▪ However, it is not clear whether the ages of the mare basalts date the infill by dust.
▪ A greater proportion of the mare rocks resemble basalts on the Earth and are called mare basalts.
▪ Basalts are the dark lava rocks that fill mare basins.
▪ The mare basins have dark, rather smooth floors that lie well below the altitude of the highlands.
▪ When the mare basins were excavated the fragmentary material beneath them must have been compressed to a higher density than before.
▪ The individual mare basins differ significantly in composition.
▪ However, it seems unlikely that the mare basins could each have been filled in one outpouring.
▪ Many of the larger craters in both the highlands and mare basins display clusters or rings of steep mountains at their centers.
▪ Now, at Deer Forest, two brood mares were all that was left from former dreams and ambitions.
▪ Sometimes the health problem can be very serious: Winsome was a well-bred Thoroughbred brood mare.
▪ And the mare, as if finally understanding, begins to strain, tosses her head wildly, pulls at the reins.
▪ Except in the case of the stallion deliberately herding his mares, this is not a question of dominance or bullying.
▪ I rather gather Geoffrey, my youngest, has got a nice mare showing.
▪ Recruit sought: Cleveland Police are looking for an unusual recruit a horse following the retirement of ten-year-old mare Gellerdale.
▪ The mare struggles, writhes, strains.
▪ The wood was only a hundred paces away, but the sweat-streaked mare was blown and slowing.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

maria \maria\ n. pl.

  1. (Astron.) Plural form of mare, a dark region of considerable extent on the surface of the moon.

  2. (Bot.) A valuable timber tree of Panama.

    Syn: Calophyllum longifolium.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"female horse," Old English mere (Mercian), myre (West Saxon), fem. of mearh "horse," from Proto-Germanic *markhjon- (cognates: Old Saxon meriha, Old Norse merr, Old Frisian merrie, Dutch merrie, Old High German meriha, German Mähre "mare"), said to be of Gaulish origin (compare Irish and Gaelic marc, Welsh march, Breton marh "horse"). No known cognates beyond Germanic and Celtic. As the name of a throw in wrestling, it is attested from c.1600. Mare's nest "illusory discovery, excitement over something which does not exist" is from 1610s.


"broad, dark areas of the moon," 1765, from Latin mare "sea" (see marine), applied to lunar features by Galileo and used thus in 17c. Latin works. They originally were thought to be actual seas.


"night-goblin, incubus," Old English mare "incubus, nightmare, monster," from mera, mære, from Proto-Germanic *maron "goblin" (cognates: Middle Low German mar, Middle Dutch mare, Old High German mara, German Mahr "incubus," Old Norse mara "nightmare, incubus"), from PIE *mora- "incubus" (cognates: first element in Old Irish Morrigain "demoness of the corpses," literally "queen of the nightmare," also Bulgarian, Serbian mora, Czech mura, Polish zmora "incubus;" French cauchemar, with first element from Old French caucher "to trample"), from root *mer- "to rub away, harm" (see morbid).


Etymology 1 n. 1 An adult female horse. 2 (lb en UK pejorative slang) A foolish woman. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context obsolete outside dialects English) A type of evil spirit thought to sit on the chest of a sleeping person; also the feeling of suffocation felt during sleep; a nightmare. 2 (context UK colloquial English) (Shortening of (term: nightmare)) A nightmare; a frustrating or terrible experience. Etymology 3

n. 1 (context planetology English) A dark, large circular plain; a “sea”. 2 (context planetology English) On Saturn's moon Titan, a large expanse of what is thought to be liquid hydrocarbons.

  1. n. female equine animal [syn: female horse]

  2. a dark region of considerable extent on the surface of the moon [syn: maria]

Mare (disambiguation)

A mare is a female horse.

Mare is the Latin word for "sea".

Mare or mares or variant may also refer to:

Mare (folklore)

A Mare (, ; mara in Old High German, Old Norse and Old Church Slavic) is an evil spirit or goblin in Germanic and Slavic folklore which rides on people's chests while they sleep, bringing on bad dreams (or " nightmares").

The mare is often similar to the mythical creatures succubus and incubus.


The Märe is a mountain of the Bernese Alps, located on the border between the Swiss cantons of Fribourg and Bern. The Märe lies approximately halfway between Schwarzsee and Oberwil im Simmental.

Mare (river)

The Mare River is a river in the Hérault département of southern France, which rises in the Caroux-Espinouse hills.

The river's source is above Castanet-le-Haut in the Parc naturel régional du Haut-Languedoc. The river passes through Saint-Gervais-sur-Mare and Villemagne-l'Argentière, before joining the Orb at Hérépian.

Mare (band)

Mare were a Canadian band from Toronto who fused sludge metal with more experimental traits such as jazz, unusual time signatures and Gregorian Chant. Mare consisted of Tyler Semrick-Palmateer on vocals and guitar, Rob Shortil on bass, and Caleb Collins on drums. The first release of a demo was re-issued on Hydra Head Records as an EP. They also contributed a cover track of Night Goat on the We Reach: The Music of the Melvins compilation.

Mare (Diamá Song)

Mare is an Italian pop ballad by Italian/Swiss singer-songwriter Diamá, it was released Valentine's Day 2014 (February 14, 2014) as her second single from her upcoming debut album We're not done exclusively on iTunes 2014 (Mastered for iTunes). The single was released two weeks later in all other digital music stores worldwide.

Mare (TV series)

is a Japanese television drama series, the 92nd Asadora (morning drama) that will be broadcast daily on NHK from March 30, 2015, until September 26, 2015. It is about a young woman from the Noto Peninsula who wants to become a patissier. Tao Tsuchiya, who appeared in the Asadora Hanako to Anne, was cast in the lead role after an audition of 2020 women.

Usage examples of "mare".

The mare had been kept astretch all night, and her heart was breaking under the strain.

Then he almost stepped off into space, and told the mare he was sorry for cussing it as a balker once he saw why the trail ran the way it did.

Alan pulled Bonner across his shoulders as if he were going to throw him with a flying mare, then got to his knees, to one foot, and then to both feet, grunting.

Eleanor was riding the long-backed bay mare Scapa, and Roger Clint was standing next to her on a chestnut with four of the longest and whitest stockings Brat had ever seen.

By the time he has tied the mare to the fir pole suspended between two stone uprights, Kadara and Brede have brushed away the faint white dust that seems to rise from the streets of Fairhaven and straightened their harnesses and swords.

Rhenna bridled and saddled Chaimon and the mare, and stuffed her saddlepack with provisions, leaving Derinoe the greater part.

Dickson had eaten his brose and caught the mare, and the two embarked in an ancient vehicle which must have carried goods as well as passengers, for it was floury with pease-meal and smelt strongly of wool and tar.

She was enough of a horsewoman to know that it was up to her to hold the mare steady and encourage her on.

And if you get a malformed foal, well, some years your mare might slip or be barren anyway.

Salamander was slow as a gander, The mare could have beat him the length of the straight, And old Manumission was out of condition, And most of the others were running off weight.

The red mare waded on through the press, exchanging greetings with stallions and mares, all of whom fell back respectfully before her, even as fellows behind them crowded forward.

Jan saw elders, mares and stallions in their prime, half-growns, colts and fillies, foals.

The two mares quarreled, cajoled, discussed and reconciled, each seeking to convince the other to join her.

Others were just emerging from the long grass, mares leading, stallions trotting behind.

The northernmost reach of the Plain, which lay beyond the Hallow Hills, was warm enough, Calydor informed him, for mares to bear their young in any season.