meirdrech, meirtrech

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Forms: mertrech, mertrech, mertrich, merdrech, meirdrecha

n ā, f., O.Ir. mertrech (Lat. meretrix). A harlot, prostitute: mertrech, gl. pellex, Sg. 68b9 . Wb. 9d5 . forsin mertrich , ib. bullu mertrige (=membra meretricis), 9d4 . merdrech, gl. ganea, Ir. Gl. 187. mertrech ab eo quod est meretrix . . . m.¤ didiu ben druith baoth, Corm. Y 875. meirdrech muine, Laws v 176.4 . n p. meirdrecha, 452.13 . a droch-meic na merdrige!, SR 6148. mac merdrige, PH 2920. a merddrech! (Ailill to Medb), CRR 17. Ráp an merdrech Rahab the harlot, Maund. 90. Rahab an mheirdreach, Joshua vi 25. ainm méirdrighe ar a máthair, A. Ó Dálaigh liii 9. As adj.: a chalann mheisgeach mheirdreach impure , Studies 1927, 593 § 9 . Used fig. of Ireland: meirdreach . . . gan onóir | an chríoch so phuirt Pharthalóin, Keat. Poems 1181. is iomdha flaith do char an mhéirdreach, O'Rah. xxvi 113 (1911) . Of a heretic church: umhlughadh do mheirdrigh bhreugaigh, Luc. Fid. 365.17 .

Compd. meirddrech-loc a brothel (gl. fornix), Sg. 113a2 .