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EtymologyEdit

The form of the word continues Ancient Greek μᾶζα (mâza, barley cake), but the sense "mass" of the modern Greek word is semantic loan from French masse (18th century), derived from Latin massa (English mass, German Masse, etc.)[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈma.za/
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  • Hyphenation: μά‧ζα

NounEdit

μάζα (mázaf (plural μάζες)

  1. mass (quantity of matter cohering together to make one body)
    ατομική μάζαatomikí mázaatomic mass
    άμορφη μάζαámorfi mázaamorphous mass
  2. (figuratively, usually in the plural) mass, throng, multitude (group of people crowded or gathered closely together)
    Οι μάζες κατέβηκαν στους δρόμους για να διαδηλώσουν.
    Oi mázes katévikan stous drómous gia na diadilósoun.
    The masses have taken to the streets to protest.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ μάζα in Λεξικό της κοινής νεοελληνικής [Dictionary of Standard Modern Greek], 1998, by the "Triantafyllidis" Foundation.