- Gr. Myth. one of the Pleiades, mother of Hermes by Zeus
Origin of MaiaL, fem. of Maius, a deity (lit., ? he who brings increase, or the great one) < Magnus (see magni-): later confused with Gr MaiaRom. Myth. an earth goddess, sometimes identified with the Greek Maia: the month of May was named in her honor
Origin of MaiaGr, literally , mother from ma, baby talk for m?t?r, mother
- Greek Mythology A goddess, the eldest of the Pleiades.
- The brightest star in the Pleiades.
Origin of MaiaLatin Māia from Greek Maia from maia good mother, nurse ; see mā-2 in Indo-European roots.