“softening,” 1650s, from Late Latin malaxationem (nominative malaxatio), noun of action from past participle stem of malaxare “to soften, mollify,” from Greek malassein “to make soft,” related to malakos “soft” (see mallet).
malaxation mal·ax·a·tion (māl’ək-sā’shən)
[mey-ley, muh-ley] /ˈmeɪ leɪ, məˈleɪ/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a racially intermixed people who are the dominant population of the and adjacent islands. 2. of or relating to the language or culture of these people. noun 3. a member of the Malay people. 4. an Austronesian language of Malaysia and Singapore, […]
[muh-ley-uh] /məˈleɪ ə/ noun 1. . 2. Federation of. Formerly Malay States, Malayan Union. a former federation of 11 states in the S : a British protectorate 1948–57; now forms part of Malaysia. 50,690 sq. mi. (131,287 sq. km). Capital: Kuala Lumpur. Compare (def 1). /məˈleɪə/ noun 1. States of the Federation of Malaya, part […]
[mal-uh-yah-luh m] /ˌmæl əˈyɑ ləm/ noun 1. a Dravidian language spoken in extreme southwestern India. /ˌmælɪˈɑːləm/ noun 1. a language of SW India, belonging to the Dravidian family and closely related to Tamil: the state language of Kerala 1837, Dravidian language of Malabar, from Dravidian Malayali, from mala “mountain” + al “possess.”
/ˌmælɪˈɑːlɪ/ noun 1. a speaker of the Malayalam language