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See also: маса, maça, maçã, and maçâ


The maca root


Via Spanish from Quechua maqa.


maca ‎(uncountable)

  1. The Andean medicinal herb Lepidium meyenii, or an extract of the root of this plant.
    • (Can we date this quote?), M. Hermann and T. Bernet, The transition of maca from neglect to market prominence, page 18:
      The overwhelming majority of maca roots are dried after harvest. In the cold, dry atmosphere of the puna the dried roots remain edible for several years. A minor proportion of the freshly harvested roots are roasted in huatias, earthen ovens []
    • 2007 March 18, G. Pascal Zachary, “Is the Key to Creativity in Your Pillbox, or in Your PC?”:
      The gap between what the Internet promises and what it delivers is part of the reason that people [] continue to turn to enhancers from caffeine to maca to virtual reality.

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maca ‎(plural macaca)

  1. stick



maca f (plural macas)

  1. stretcher (simple litter designed to carry a sick, injured or dead person)
  2. a wheeled bed used in hospitals
  3. a sailor’s hammock