1 meirge

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n [io, m.]

(a) a s. dochuaid Gaidel . . . i llibuirn . . . fuapraid m.¤ mara maill | ar huamun ferge Foraind, SR 4003. The sense `bratach' suggested by Stokes seems inadmissible; perh. deriv. of 1 meirg (see exx. from SR under that word).

(b) rust, rusty colour: neimh-m.¤ is caise 'na cúl ` ever-fresh sheen ', A. O Dalaigh xii 6.

2 meirge

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Forms: merce, merci, mergi, mergge, merci, merggida, meirge, merced, mercib

n io, m., also d-stem in pl. (ON merki LEIA M-31 , CMCS xi 35 ) n s. merce, LB 124a19 . merci, ib. 20 , 35 . n p. mergi, LL 51a11 . mergge, ib. 29 . merci, 265b11 (= meirci, MU 26.3 ). a p. merggida, 172b28 = CRR 11. g p. meirge, LL 44b10 . merced, PH 2638. d p. mercib, 2629 .

A battle-standard, esp. a banner, flag: in meirge no in brat sída, O'Dav. 992. in meirgi no in breid sida, Laws v 386.10 Comm. meirge .i. bratach, O'Cl. mo chathmerge cenand, LL 147a34 . fer meirgi a standard-bearer , Arch. iii 237 § 29. itchíu-sa na merggi . . . mar bít eóin ar luamain, RC xiii 70 § 74 . merggeda . . . ar slattaib ┐ ar gaíb uas bothaib fer nHerend, ib. atchim-sa mergeda minglana Meinidceus, TTebe 2653 (= signa, Theb. ). .x. mergi . . . do cenel cach datha, Cog. 156.3 . tecait . . . i ndegaid mergi Murchaid . . . ar totim a mergead uli, 176.30 . hI Bríuin na meirgedh maothsróil, BNnÉ 284 § 271. acc turccbail a meirgedh, FM vi 2128.9 . for mergedhaibh munteri Cesair ┐ for signib na ṡlogh, CCath. 2618. treabh Ruben . . . rob é a meirge mandroghair, Keat. iii 2016 (= LB 124a38 ), cf. mandragra n-a brataigh, 1995 . Of a battle-standard in general: beir mo bachaill-sea lat do mergci remat as a battle-standard, BColm. 92.26 . co rabat tri mergi acu .i. in Chathach ┐ in Clog Padraic ┐ in Misach Cair- nig, RC xxiii 404 § 12. Fig.. na roilgi do thogu[s]-sa . . . bid merge soer solusda iad ag cungnam lem anmain, ZCP xii 393. 22 . ós é as mheirge díona dhamh (of Christ), PBocht 73.11 . do gheabh meirge le [n]a mhianaibh `made up a pretext to conceal his intention (?)', A. Ó Dálaigh xlix 15. Of a chief: rí-mheirge áigh is eissíth, Ir. Monthly 1920, 111 § 39 .

1 meirgech

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adj o, ā. (1 meirg)

(a) rusty: cloidhmhe maela mergecha [meirccide v.l.], CCath. 482. dá mileóguibh maola meirgiocha, Gadelica i 127 ( Pairl. Chl. Tom. 570 ).

(b) of persons: gilla mergeach mordub ` rusty ', Met. Dinds. iv 226. óen-mac dec Cannain chliaraig | meblaig mergig, LL 142a33 = meirgig, Rawl. 76b9 (of Canaan son of Ham). As sobriquet: D. mac Maoilmuire meirgigh ` wrinkled ', Hugh Roe 38.18 (fo. 11 a) . Maccon Meirgeach, Hy Fiachr. 82.10 . See mergach.

2 meirgech

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adj o, ā. (2 meirge) having standards or flags: in mór mergech `the great one of the standards', Met. Dinds. i 6. remis Murchertaig merggich, LL 130a2 . cath merggech (mergeach B.), IT iii 82.1 = Bruchst. i § 47 . sleagha móra mergacha (= with pennons attached?), ITS v 128.29 .

meirgide

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adj io, iā (meirg) rusty; liable to rust: cloidemthi mora mergidhi, Ériu v 150.83 . [da ṡleig] moela mergidhi, TBC p. 655 n. 6 (St.). meirccide (v.l. for mergecha), CCath. 482. d'uma ne[m]-mergidi uncorroding , Cog. 152.10 . cet tengad . . . umaidi ne[m]-mergdi, 50.16 .

meiriden

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Forms: meriden

n g s. intan atchondairc P. irnada broin ┐ merten ┐ meriden for a gnúis, LL 231b21 = TTr. 1059 ( doubt, uneasi- ness, anxiety?). baith meit meiridin .i. baith moir mrogais mimes, H. 3.18 p. 248 ( O'C. 475 ). meiridhin .i. mi-aradha, O'Dav. 1269 (` misdisposal ', Stokes; for aradha cf. 1454 ; mi-a. perh. = ill treatment, evil fate ). A doublet of meirten?

meirilliún

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Forms: meirilliun, meril- liúin

n o, m., (< Fr. émerillon) a merlin (species of hawk): meirilliun `a goss-hawk ', O'R. pl. dā sheapac bhega .i. meril- liúin , Fl. Earls 10.10 .

meirle

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Forms: meirli, , -dha

n , f., meirli (pl. ¤ , -dha), IGT Dec. § 3.5 . Stealing, robbing; robbery (a stronger term than gait, but often used as synonym): m.¤ .i. goid, Lec. Gl. 224. it comféich . . . in gad is tāige, a tāige is merlle, Laws v 458.6 . bo . . . a ngait mar- gaite . . . colpach a ngait mar-mei[r]le, H. 3.18 p. 454a ( O'C. 1139 ). in meirli, SR 3570 (n s.). truag . . . far ngabail ic m.¤ , 3568 . fer gaite meirle, Triads 141. ar tí m.¤ ┐ gaiti forsan cill, Fél. 134.35 . goid no m.¤ , BNnÉ 263.6 . scris na merli a hÉrinn, IGT Dec. ex. 155. do merli a groid to rob his stud, Fen. 350.17 . comét . . . in buair . . . ar chonaib, ar chuan-meirle `thievish wolves', Met. Dinds. iv 338. ina uaimh lattronn ┐ ina mhuine m.¤ `a den of robbers and a cover for plunderers', FM vi 2106.21 . Ath Cliath do losccadh . . . i merle by stealth (? marauding), CS 242.19 . (with -gh): cin merligh, Ériu lix 124 § 7 . In concrete sense: fear ro ith m.¤ , Eg. 88, fo. 50d ( O'C. 2596 ), cf. Laws i 238.13 .

1 meirlech

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Forms: meirlech, meirleach

n o, m., meirlech, IGT Dec. § 22. A robber, a bandit: fúr .i. meirlech, O'Dav. 830. meirleach .i. gadaighe, O'Cl. cach doerchland, cach merlech, LL 147a47 . hi slicht in míl gatair and no hi slicht in merligh (merlich v.l.), IT iii 52.17 . latroin no meirrlig, Trip. 36.18 = Lat. Lives 51 (= fures aut latrones). tallsat merlig a damu, IT i 45.1 . caibhdheana is meirlig Mumhan, IGT Dec. ex. 813. nā fagbaitis merligh nā foglaigi a [n]dīn 'sna cellaib, Cog. 106.20 . ro croch . . . meir- leacha ┐ bithbenacha ┐ foghladha Erenn, 136.27 . días meir- leach, Luke xxiii 32. In late texts often a rebel, outlaw: meirleach ré mbeith easgcáirdeas an ríogh, TSh. 4524. do merlechaibh ┐ d'easccairdibh Erenn, FM iii 212.1 , cf. v 1682.5 . meirleach `an outlaw, a rebel ', Eg. Gl. 97.

2 meirlech

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Forms: merligh, meirlech

adj o, ā. given to robbery or plunder: a s f. crathaig in luin lethan-merligh the far-plundering lance, IT iii 12.5 = Bruchst. i § 32 . ? g p. fo bratach . . . mīl meirlech , Corm. Y 496.