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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mace
A money of account in China equal to one tenth of a tael; also, a weight of 57.98 grains.

Etymology: Jav. & Malay. mās, fr. Skr. māsha a bean

noun Mace
A kind of spice; the aril which partly covers nutmegs. See Nutmeg.

Note: Red mace is the aril of Myristica tingens, and white mace that of Myristica Otoba, -- East Indian trees of the same genus with the nutmeg tree.

Etymology: F. macis, L. macis macir, Gr. �; cf. Skr. makaranda the nectar or honey of a flower, a fragrant mango

noun Mace
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  1. A heavy staff or club of metal; a spiked club; -- used as weapon in war before the general use of firearms, especially in the Middle Ages, for breaking metal armor."Death with his mace petrific . . . smote." [Milton.]
  2. Hence:A staff borne by, or carried before, a magistrate as an ensign of his authority."Swayed the royal mace." [Wordsworth.]
  3. An officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority; a macebearer.
  4. A knobbed mallet used by curriers in dressing leather to make it supple.
  5. [Billiards] A rod for playing billiards, having one end suited to resting on the table and pushed with one hand.

Etymology: OF. mace, F. masse, from (assumed) L. matea, of which the dim. mateola a kind of mallet or beetle, is found

noun Mace
A chemical preparation containing tear gas in a solvent, packaged in the form of a spray, and used to temporarily incapacitate people, such as rioters or criminals, by causing intense eye and skin irritation; also called chemical mace. It is designed to be a non-lethal weapon for defending against violent people.

Etymology: Trademark

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  1. A ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority
  2. Spice made from the dried fleshy covering of the nutmeg seed
  3. An official who carries a mace of office
  4. (trademark) a liquid that temporarily disables a person; prepared as an aerosol and sprayed in the face, it irritates the eyes and causes dizziness and immobilization
Wiktionary

From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman mace, mache, from Late Latin mattia or *mattea (compare modern French masse, Italian mazza, Spanish maza), from Proto-Indo-European *mat (“hoe, plow”) (compare Latin mateola (“hoe”), Old High German medela (“plow”), Russian моты́га (motýga, “hoe, mattock”), Persian آماج (āmāǰ) ‘plow’, Sanskrit मत्य (matyá, “harrow”)).

  1. A heavy fighting club.
  2. A ceremonial form of this weapon.
  3. A long baton used by some drum majors to keep time and lead a marching band. If this baton is referred to as a mace, by convention it has a ceremonial often decorative head, which, if of metal, usually is hollow and sometimes intricately worked.
  4. An officer who carries a mace as an emblem of authority.
  5. A knobbed mallet used by curriers in dressing leather to make it supple.
  6. (archaic) A billiard cue.

Borrowing from Javanese [Term?] and Malay, meaning "a bean".

  1. An old money of account in China equal to one tenth of a tael.
  2. An old weight of 57.98 grains.

From Middle English, from re-interpretation of macis as a plural (compare pea); ultimately from Latin maccis (name of an unidentified spice).

  1. A spice obtained from the outer layer of the kernel of the fruit of the nutmeg.

From the name of one brand of the spray, Mace.

  1. Tear gas or pepper spray, especially for personal use.

    mace was also found in the following language(s): Albanian, Old French, Spanish, and Taraon

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 5 0 5
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    2012 59 0 59
    2013 49 0 49
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    2016 64 0 64
    2017 46 0 46

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Mace U.S.
      White 89.67% 64.26%
      African American 4.12% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.39% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.45% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.56% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.81% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Mace

    • How Popular is the name Mace? Mace is the 8,011th most popular name of all time. As a last name Mace was the 2,933rd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Mace have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,534 babies born with the first name Mace in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mace to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mace? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Mace first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mace is Saturday, February 14th, 1874.
    • What year had the most people named Mace born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mace was in 2016 with a total of 64 babies.
    • Random Mace Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mace is not a popular baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 2007.
    • Weird things about the name Mace: Your name in reverse order is Ecam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eacm. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Mace? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,222 people with the last name Mace.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mace? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Mace as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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