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M16 rifle
Assault rifle adopted as a standard weapon by the U.S. Army in 1967.
Ma Yuan
Chinese landscape painter.
Ma, Yo-Yo
French-born U.S. cellist.
maa-alused
In Estonian folk religion, mysterious elves living under the earth.
Maastricht Treaty
Agreement that established the European Union (EU) as successor to the European Community.
Ma'at
In ancient Egyptian religion, the personification of truth, justice, and the cosmic order.
Maathai, Wangari
Kenyan politician and environmental activist.
Mabinogion
Collection of 11 medieval Welsh tales based on mythology, folklore, and heroic legends.
Mac-Mahon, (Marie-Edme-Patrice-) Maurice, count de
French soldier and second president (1873–79) of the Third Republic.
macadam
Form of pavement invented by John McAdam.
macadamia
Any of about 10 species of ornamental evergreen trees, in the family Proteaceae, and their edible, richly flavoured dessert nuts.
macaque
Any of about 12 primarily Asian species of omnivorous, diurnal monkeys (genus Macaca) with cheek pouches for carrying food.
MacArthur, Charles (Gordon)
U.S. journalist, playwright, and screenwriter.
MacArthur, Douglas
U.S. general.
Macau
Special administrative region (pop., 2005 est.: 470,000), southern China.
Macaulay, Thomas Babington, Baron Macaulay of Rothley
English politician, historian, and poet.
macaw
Any of about 18 species of large tropical New World parrots (subfamily Psittacinae) with very long tails and big sickle-shaped beaks.
MacBride, Seán
Irish statesman.
Maccabees
(fl. 2nd century BC) Priestly family of Jews who organized a successful rebellion against Antiochus IV Epiphanes in Palestine and reconsecrated the defiled Temple of Jerusalem.
Macchiaioli
Group of 19th-century Tuscan painters who reacted against the rule-bound art academies and looked to nature for instruction.
MacDiarmid, Alan G.
U.S. chemist.
MacDiarmid, Hugh
Scottish poet.
Macdonald, Dwight
U.S. writer and film critic.
MacDonald, (James) Ramsay
British politician, first Labour Party prime minister of Britain (1924, 1929–31, 1931–35).
Macdonald, Sir John (Alexander)
Canadian politician, first prime minister of the Dominion of Canada (1867–73, 1878–91).
Macdonnell Ranges
Mountain system, south-central Northern Territory, Australia.
Macdonough, Thomas
U.S. naval officer.
MacDowell, Edward (Alexander)
U.S. composer.
Macedonia
Country, Balkan Peninsula, southeastern Europe.
Macedonian Wars
Three wars fought by Philip V of Macedonia and his successor, Perseus, against Rome (215–205 BC, 200–197, 171–167).
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