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macaron (a French, often brightly colored sandwich cookie made from egg whites, sugar, and almond

powder, typically filled with jam or ganache)

macaroon (a soft, chewy cookie typically made from coconut, egg whites, and sugar, often confused with

macaron)

machine appliqué (n)
machine-appliqué (v)
machine-appliquéd (adj)
machine-piece (v)
machine-pieced (adj)
machine piecing (n)
machine-quilt (v)
machine-quilted (adj, v)
machine-quilter (adj)
machine quilted (adj)
machine quilting (n)
machine-satin-stitch (v)
machine satin-stitch (n)
machine satin-stitched (adj)
machine stitch (n)
machine-stitch (v)
machine-wash (v)
machine-washable
machine-washed
machine-zigzag (v)
mail order (n)
mail-order (adj)
maître d’ (plural is maître d’s; full name is maître d’hôtel)
majolica
make-’n’-takes
make over (v)
makeover (n)
make up (v)
makeup (n, adj)
manicotti (see Pasta List)
mandolin (musical instrument)
mandoline (kitchen utensil)
mantel (fireplace)
mantle (cloak)
marbled (marble look)
marbleized (to cover with marble)
margarine
margarita
masa harina (tortilla flour)
mash-up (n)
Masonite (trademark)
Mason jar
Master Gardener
mat (picture border)
matelassé
matte (dull finish)
matte-finish
mayonnaise
M.D.
meal plan (not “eating plan”)
meat-and-potatoes (adj)
meatball
meat loaf
mecca (generic)
medallion (n, medal or serving of meat)
medium-weight
mélange
melba toast
melon (most melons are one word)
memento (n)
mesclun
metallic
metalwork
me time
microclimate
microwavable (adj)
microwave (n, adj, v)
microwave oven (n)
midcentury
midlife
midsize
midsummer
mildewcide
milk paint
milk shake
milk toast
millennium
mince (use “finely chop”)
mind-set
mini (adj; see Hyphens/Combining Forms)
miniblind
mini pantry
mishmash
Mission (style)
mission tile
miter
mitered (v, adj)
mitt
mmm-hmm
modus operandi
moiré
moistureproof (adj, v)
molding
Monterey Jack
Moorish
mortar (to bond tile)
mortise-and-tenon
moss stitch (n)
motif
mousse
mouthwatering
movable
mudroom
mulligan stew
multicolor
multi-opening
multipurpose
mung bean
Murano glass
Musée du Louvre
muskmelon
mu shu
mustard (identify type, such as Dijon-style, yellow [not “prepared”], etc.)

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