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matronalis is Latin (matronly, of a married woman) meaning 'dame or matron' with reference to 1st March when the Romans celebrated a festival for married ladies. [See Hesperis matronalis.]

max is a corruption of a Portuguese version of the soya bean's Persian name. [See Glycine max.]

maxima is derived from Latin magnus (great, large) meaning 'largest'. [See Citrus maxima, Corylus maxima, Cucurbita maxima, Glyceria maxima, Rudbeckia maxima, Solandra maxima.]

mays is a corruption of Cuban and Haitian mahiz (maize) meaning 'our mother'. [See Zea mays, Zea mays var. everta, Zea mays var. saccharata.]

mearnsii commemorates an American Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Alexander Mearns (1856-1916), an army surgeon and naturalist with particular interest in ornithology and mammalogy. He served in the army for about 27 years which included assignments both on the United States-Mexican International Boundary Survey (enabling him to collect 30,000 specimens of flora and fauna now to be found in the United States National Museum of Natural History) and in the Philippines (during which he made further natural history collections). From 1909 to 1910, as a civilian, he was appointed naturalist to the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition when he explored East Africa. [See Acacia mearnsii.]

Meconopsis [genus name] is derived from Greek mecon (poppy) and -opsis (like) components. [See Meconopsis.]

Medeola [genus name] honours a sorceress in Greek mythology, Medea, with reference to her magical potions and the alleged medicinal properties of the root. [See Medeola.]

media is Latin (middle) meaning 'middle or intermediate'. [See Briza media, Plantago media, Pyrola media, Stellaria media.]

medium is Latin (middle) meaning 'middle or intermediate'. [See Campanula medium.]

Melaleuca [genus name] is derived from Greek melano- (black) and leuco- (white) components with reference to the black trunk and white branches or shoots of some species. [See Melaleuca.]


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