• WordNet 3.6
    • n Mayan a family of American Indian languages spoken by Maya
    • n Mayan a member of an American Indian people of Yucatan and Belize and Guatemala who had a culture (which reached its peak between AD 300 and 900) characterized by outstanding architecture and pottery and astronomy "Mayans had a system of writing and an accurate calendar"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chewing gum was created by the Mayans over 300 years ago. They boiled the sap of the sapodilla tree and chewed it.
    • Mayan Designating, or pertaining to, an American Indian linguistic stock occupying the Mexican States of Veracruz, Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, and Yucatan, together with a part of Guatemala and a part of El Salvador. See 2nd Maya.
    • Mayan Of or pertaining to the Mayas.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The earliest cocoa plantations were established in 600 AD, in the Yucatan, by the Mayans.
    • Mayan Of or pertaining to the Mayas.
    • n Mayan A linguistic family of North America including numerous languages spoken in southern Mexico and Central America.
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In literature:

But, as a matter of fact, it is very hard to decipher the Mayan pictographs.
"Tom Swift in the Land of Wonders" by Victor Appleton
They keep teasin' me an' Mayan all the time.
"The Prospector" by Ralph Connor
CAKCHIQUEL, a tribe of Central American Indians of Mayan stock, inhabiting parts of Guatemala.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
He says that he has demonstrated that most of the symbols are Mayan.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
The ruins of Mayan civilization, excavated once, were buried anew.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
The Mayan empire had already broken up.
"Commentary Upon the Maya-Tzental Perez Codex" by William E. Gates
From this slight glance at the remains in the Mayan territory we are led to say a few words about their history.
"The Mayas, the Sources of Their History / Dr. Le Plongeon in Yucatan, His Account of Discoveries" by Stephen Salisbury, Jr.
The term is of Mayan origin.
"Sympathetic Magic" by Paul Cameron Brown
Both Aztecs and Mayans of Yucatan and Central America used picture-writing, and sometimes an imperfect form of hieroglyphics.
"The Story of Extinct Civilizations of the West" by Robert E. Anderson
The Mayan picture MSS.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various

In news:

The Mayan calendar anticipates a planet-wide meltdown rivaling the cheesiest 1950s SciFi epic.
But Mayan mayhem is not the only end-of-the-world prediction out there.
Centuries ago the Mayans marked Dec 21, 2012, as the end point on their long-form calendar.
Mayan doomsday 'safe zone' shut down.
Mayan prophecy sparks dread , celebration worldwide.
The ancient Mayan calendar kept time for centuries, but it ends this year on December 21.
The movie "2012" gave us an over-the-top, worst-case scenario, Mayan-inspired mayhem on a global scale.
2012's apocalypse-to-be comes via concern about the Mayan Long Count Calendar, which ends on Dec 21.
Officials at the Griffith Park Observatory are so confident the world will not end on Dec 21, as allegedly predicted by the Mayan calendar, that they're keeping the observatory open past midnight on that date.
Scott poole isn't an expert on Mayan culture, but neither are many of the believers in the 2012 phenomenon.
The day that the Mayans (sort of, kind of) warned us about is looming very near, you guys.
The day the Mayan calendar says the world will come to an end.
The Mayans And The End Of The World .
People celebrate during a ceremony by Mayan sages in Bacuranao, Cuba, on Dec 6.
This time blame the Mayans.

In science:

The emerging picture of the charm-strange mesons would resemble a Mayan pyramid, as shown in Fig. 4.
Theoretical Summary of Moriond 2004: QCD and Hadronic Interactions
Figure 4: The chiral doubler picture of charm-strange mesons as a Mayan pyramid.
Theoretical Summary of Moriond 2004: QCD and Hadronic Interactions
This discipline developed in many ancient cultures (Egyptian, Chinese, Babylonian, Mayan), but it was only Greek people who cared understanding their observations and spreading their knowledge unlike in other cultures.
Geometrical constraints on dark energy models
The Mayan pyramid of Kukulk´an (also called El Castil lo, “The Castle”) in Chich´en Itz´a, in the Mexican state of Yucat´an, was built so that the setting sun, around the time of the equinoxes, casts a shadow that looks like a serpent slithering down the side of the staircase.
The sun's position in the sky