[muh-kah-bruh, -kahb, -kah-ber] /məˈkɑ brə, -ˈkɑb, -ˈkɑ bər/
gruesome and horrifying; ghastly; horrible.
of, pertaining to, dealing with, or representing death, especially its grimmer or uglier aspect.
of or suggestive of the allegorical dance of death.
gruesome; ghastly; grim
resembling or associated with the danse macabre
early 15c., from Old French (danse) Macabré “(dance) of Death” (1376), probably a translation of Medieval Latin (Chorea) Machabæorum, literally “dance of the Maccabees” (leaders of the Jewish revolt against Syro-Hellenes; see Maccabees). The association with the dance of death seems to be via vivid descriptions of the martyrdom of the Maccabees in the Apocryphal books. The abstracted sense of “gruesome” is first attested 1842 in French, 1889 in English.
The typical form which the allegory takes is that of a series of pictures, sculptured or painted, in which Death appears, either as a dancing skeleton or as a shrunken corpse wrapped in grave-clothes to persons representing every age and condition of life, and leads them all in a dance to the grave. [“Encyclopaedia Britannica,” 11th ed., 1911]
[muh-kah-koh, -key-] /məˈkɑ koʊ, -ˈkeɪ-/ noun, plural macacos. 1. any of several lemurs, as Lemur macaco. 2. Obsolete. . /məˈkɑːkəʊ; -ˈkeɪ-/ noun (pl) -cos 1. any of various lemurs, esp Lemur macaco, the males of which are usually black and the females brown
[mak-uh-dey-mee-uh] /ˌmæk əˈdeɪ mi ə/ noun 1. any Australian tree of the genus Macadamia, especially M. ternifolia, having whorled leaves and elongated clusters of pink flowers. 2. Also called macadamia nut. the edible, hard-shelled seed of this tree. /ˌmækəˈdeɪmɪə/ noun 1. any tree of the Australian proteaceous genus Macadamia, esp M. ternifolia, having clusters of […]
[muh-kad-uh m] /məˈkæd əm/ noun 1. a road or pavement. 2. the broken stone used in making such a road. /məˈkædəm/ noun 1. a road surface made of compressed layers of small broken stones, esp one that is bound together with tar or asphalt n. 1824, named for inventor, Scottish civil engineer John L. McAdam […]
[muh-kad-uh-mahyz] /məˈkæd əˌmaɪz/ verb (used with object), macadamized, macadamizing. 1. to pave by laying and compacting successive layers of broken stone, often with asphalt or hot tar. /məˈkædəˌmaɪz/ verb 1. (transitive) to construct or surface (a road) with macadam v. 1826, from macadam + -ize. Related: Macadamized; macadamizing.