Mara meaning

mə-rä'
Either of two cavies (Dolichotis salinicola or D. patagonum) of the grasslands of Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay, having long legs and dense fur.
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(folklore) A nightmare; a spectre or wraith-like creature in Germanic and particularly Scandinavian folklore; a female demon who torments people in sleep by crouching on their chests or stomachs, or by causing terrifying visions.
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(Buddhism) A malicious or evil spirit.
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Any caviid rodent of genus Dolichotis, common in the Patagonian steppes of Argentina.
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(rare) A female given name.
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(Hinduism) Hindu god of death; opposite of Kama.
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(Slavic mythology) Slavic goddess of winter and death; Marena or Maržanna.
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A member of a predominantly agricultural tribe of southern Assam and western Burma.
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Origin of mara

  • American Spanish mará from Mapuche
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Borrowing from Old Norse mara, from Proto-Germanic *marÇ­, cognate with Old English mare or mære.
    From Wiktionary
  • From a Hebrew word meaning "bitterness". The modern given name may also be shortened from Maria or Tamara.
    From Wiktionary
  • Borrowing from Sanskrit मार (māra).
    From Wiktionary
  • From New World Spanish mará.
    From Wiktionary