[mas-kot, -kuh t] /ˈmæs kɒt, -kət/
an animal, person, or thing adopted by a group as its representative symbol and supposed to bring good luck:
The U.S. Navy mascot is a goat.
a person, animal, or thing considered to bring good luck
“talisman, charm,” 1881, from provincial French mascotte “sorcerer’s charm, ‘faerie friend,’ good luck piece” (19c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from or related to Provençal mascoto “sorcery, fetish” (cf. Narbonnese manuscript, 1233, mascotto “procuress, enchantment, bewitchment in gambling”), from masco “witch,” from Old Provençal masca, itself of unknown origin, perhaps from Medieval Latin masca “mask, specter, nightmare” (see mask (n.)). Popularized by French composer Edmond Audran’s 1880 comic operetta “La Mascotte,” about a household “fairy” who gives luck to an Italian peasant, performed in a toned-down translation in England from fall 1881.
Modular Approach to Software Construction Operation and Test: a method for software design aimed at real-time embedded systems from the Royal Signals and Research Establishment, UK.
[ma-skoosh; French mas-koosh] /mæˈskuʃ; French masˈkuʃ/ noun 1. a town in S Quebec, in E Canada.
v. “to make masculine,” 1620s, from Latin masculatus, from masculus (see masculine). Related: Masculated; masculating. Also in same sense is masculinize (1912).
[mas-kyuh-lin] /ˈmæs kyə lɪn/ adjective 1. pertaining to or characteristic of a man or men: masculine attire. 2. having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, as strength and boldness. 3. Grammar. noting or pertaining to the gender of Latin, Greek, German, French, Spanish, Hebrew, etc., which has among its members most nouns referring to males, as […]
noun, Prosody. 1. a caesura occurring immediately after a stressed or a long syllable.