Mars*de"ni*a(?), prop. n. [NL. From W. Marsden, an English author.] (Bot.) A genus of plants of the Milkweed family, mostly woody climbers with fragrant flowers, several species of which furnish valuable fiber, and one species (Marsdenia tinctoria) affords indigo.
Mar`sei`llais"(?), a. m.
Mar`sei`llaise"(?), a. f. }[F.] Of or pertaining to Marseilles, in France, or to its inhabitants.
The Marseillaise, the national anthem of France, popularly so called. It was composed in 1792, by Rouget de l'Isle, an officer then stationed at Strasburg. In Paris it was sung for the first time by the band of men who came from Marseilles to aid in the revolution of August 10, 1792; whence the name.
Mar`sei`llais", n. m.
Mar`sei`llaise", n. f. }[F.] A native or inhabitant of Marseilles.
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