1 meirblige

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n bewilderment, confusion? ro máidesdar [leg. maidesdar] dá ngroigib . . . for . . . dásacht le meirblide na renn fæbrach `by the bewilderment (bewildering number? quivering?) of point and edge of weapons', SG 322.10 . gabhais meiscce is meirbhlighe | Fionn . . . da ffaixin, Duan. Finn i 92.2 (`faint sickness' transl. as if =meirb + lige).

This word, like the preceding one and the group following, seems connected with merbal(l), and the primary sense may be that of dispersion, scattering, swarming, etc. (cf. meir- bligim, gl. scat[e]o, Thes. ii 42.23 ); in a few of the exx. given under the follg. heads the meaning may be influenced by association with meirb.

2 meirblige

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adj io, iā (or g s. of 1 meirblige?): sruama . . . muada merda meirblige | isna lasrachaib tened, SR 8171 ( quivering, undulating?). in uchd [leg. lucht?] marbda meirbligi (of souls in Hell), ZCP iii 34.12 (perh. faint , cf. meirb.).

meirbligid

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v g.

(a) bubbles, gushes, swarms ? meirbligim, gl. scat[e]o Thes. ii 42.23 (meinbligim MS., corr. Windisch). bec nar merblig in sruth dib amal fhót sengán the river was nearly swarming (?) with them, Alex. 686 = ro merbligestar in sruth uile amal fhot seangan, BB 494b15 (perh. in follg. sense).

(b) later seems used to denote convulsive, erratic movement or agitation, quivers, twitches? do meirbligheadar a méoir ┐ do crithnaigheadar a chosa `grew unsteady', CF 878. ro mheir- bhlighset a meoir `were palsied', Buile S. 14.9 . See meirbligud.

meirbligthe

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io, iā, part. adj. from meirbligid. cona trichait cath mbaitel mbirdha merblighthi, TBC 5592 St. = mear- bhlaigh, Add.; , Wind. i.e. swarming; the sense confused or agitated would also suit. na mergedha . . . 'na mbratachaib marbda merbhlighthi re crannaip na sleg, CCath. 4784 (`swarming' Stokes; flapping against the spear-shafts? but possibly an allusion to the bees which had settled on the standards = innumero cooperta examine signa, Phars. vii 161 ).

meirbligud

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n m. vn. of meirbligid. ro gabsat a láma lacgad ┐ lánmerbligud, LL 244b3 = TTr. 2055 (`his hands [began ] to grow weak and very feeble', Stokes; to tremble?). ro gabsat a lama meirliubug [= meirbliugud] ┐ asrullai a nert . . . essib, BB 436a22 . na bratac[h]a . . . for meirbliugud ┐ for fiarlubgail ┐ for foluamain lasna aithechaibh aerdaib, CCath. 5435 (` swarming ', Stokes; flapping ?).

With trans. force: atnaig Móyse forru in dam ordai . . . do merbliugud ┐ do mudugud tres na biadaib, LB 120a39 (seems loosely used in sense to scatter, confuse or mix , cf. Exod. xxxii 20 ).

meircenn

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x see mer (compds.).

meircit

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n (d s.) trafficking? bái chái .i. ille innond oc m.¤ . . . a baiolandis commercis [= a bajulandis commerciis], O'Mulc. 116. A loan-word from Lat. merces, merced- (Stokes).

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. meir- drech 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, Josh. 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, E. O'Rahilly xxvi 113 (1911). Of a heretic church: umhlughadh do mheirdrigh bhreugaigh, Luc. Fid. 365.17 .

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

meirdrechas

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n o, m., harlotry, prostitution: meirdreachus, drúis, sdriopachus, Eg. Gl. 443. tria merdrechus dorigned tusa, ar nír pósta h'athair ┐ do máthair re cheli, PH 2658. dia digail fuirri in merdrechais, Laws i 190.28 Comm. doghníd méir- dreachus, Eochairsg. 10.38 .

meirén

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Forms: mireóin, meiréin

n o, m., (= mer + én?) a swift (?) bird: IGT Dec. § 35. ? v s. a mireóin móir! (of an eagle), Anecd. i 28.7 . pl. meiréin a nglenntaib na Goill | re seabcaib Chenéil Chonoill (i.e. fugi- tives?), IGT Dec. ex. 937.

1 meirg, meirc

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Forms: meirc

n ī, f., rust, corrosion: meirc, gl. aerugo, Sg. 52a12 . mergach .i. romgab meirc són, gl. corrugatus [aerum- nis], Ml. 132c8 (`wrinkledness' Thes.). ebrón ima-muinither m.¤ , Corm. Y 536. ferr uma cech aidci aird, | . . . ní geib m.¤ it does not rust, Ériu ix 48 § 26. atá bhur n-ór . . . air nglacadh meirge, James v 3 . Often fig., with various meaning: Mac Dé dorat m.¤ tar Meidb lethdeirg, tar Meidb ndeirg `who brought decay', Met. Dinds. i 48. ní ros-aisneid nech fo m.¤ | gnimrada Samsóin, SR 5337 ('stain, decay?' Latin Script and Letters 170 ). cen m.¤ fri ciallrad comlán, 6282 . na trí múir . . . tadbain a n-airde cen m.¤ | ó thalmain co firmimeint, 423 ; cf. 277 . Mogorb a Mumain cen m.¤ , LL 128b38 = MacCarthy 186 (`without defeat'). do chui- ngid mná cen m.¤ `a stainless wife', Ériu vii 222.16 . fri mnaí coím cen m.¤ cen mairg `free from eld', Met. Dinds. ii 18. fuaim cen m.¤ `fame without decay', 22 . ro chúala seilgg . . . cen m.¤ ocus cen míbal ` oblivion ', iii 150 . lín bérla cen m.¤ , LL 2b20 . gan m.¤ ┐ gan mhírún, Acall. 2017. ó mheirg na mailíse, TSh. 1814. ? dusnicc dím meircci muirecha mertnecha di cluais mo dhá ó, ZCP vi 258.15 (a prayer).