Origin disputed. Compare Aromanian mãndzu, Meglenitic mǫndz; possibly from or related and cognate to Albanian (Gheg) mâz (cf. standard mëz) through the substratum, or of Illyrian origin. Cf. the Thracian word mezenai, "horse", and Messapian Menzana, a horse deity. Compare also Italian manzo, probably ultimately from the same source.