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May:

see monthmonth,
in chronology, the conventional period of a lunation, i.e., passage of the moon through all its phases. It is usually computed at approximately 29 or 30 days. For the computation of the month and its harmony with the solar calendar and for the months in others than the
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may,

name for several plants; in England, particularly the hawthornhawthorn,
any species of the genus Crataegus of the family Rosaceae (rose family), shrubs and trees widely distributed in north temperate climates and especially common in E North America.
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in botany, name for several spring-blooming plants. In England the hawthorn is called mayflower, or may; in North America the name is used for the trailing arbutus, the hepatica, and an herb (Maianthemum canadense) of the family Liliaceae (lily family).
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May

Sir Robert McCredie. born 1936, Australian biologist and ecologist
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21-22) I turn my back to thee, but to receive Corrections (37-38) Restore thine image, so much, by thy grace, That thou mayst know me, and I'll turn my face.
That time of life thou mayst in me behold, When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs where late the sweet birds sang.
That time of year thou mayst in me behold, When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruin'd choirs where late the sweet birds sang.
3) The Royalist newsbook Mercurius Pragmaticus was so certain of the king's fate that all it could do was warn the Parliament-men that "Thou mayst be hang'd when Charles is dead.
Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shakes the superflux to hem And show the heaven more just.
Take physic, pomp; Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them, And show the heavens more just.
Dear flesh, while I do pray, learn here thy stem And true descent, that when thou shalt grow fat And wanton in thy cravings, thou mayst know That flesh is but the glass which holds the dust That measures all our time; which also shall Be crumbled into dust.
It is but thy breaking the shell of modesty, that thou mayst eat the kernel of the vomiting nut.
I exclaimed, thou art the very Janus who hast always delighted in antithetical presentments; who lovest to exhibit thy tragic face in its most doleful gloom, that thou mayst incontinently turn upon us the sunshine of thy comic smile.
That time of year thou mayst in me behold when I rejoice to share some flavorful items I have encountered during the past 12 months:
95 Take bede and beware/ of his false doctryne And to bele[u]e Christes churche, let vs inclyne Our hertes to god, & to our Kynge, both thyne & myne To serue them truely/ with hart diuyne Then mayst thou saye, thou drawest the tr[ewe] lyne
18 Q's 'Thou mayst deserve or they purpose this usage', which Weis and Halio keep, requires an impossible stress on the second syllable of 'purpose'; F's 'impose' provides the right metre, and there is no difficulty in seeing 'impose' behind Q's 'purpose' since the 'i' in secretary hand often began with a long thin upstroke which could be mistaken for a 'p'.