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1 mér n o, m., n d. in da mér , Thes. ii 249.11 (Sg. Incant.). d p.
meraib, 245.37 (Cambr. Hom). mér o, m., IGT Dec. § 61 , g s.
meóir, d s. meór, n a p. na méra (but: trí méra is meóir énlámha,
55 ex. 1472 ), g p. mér.
A digit, finger ; m. ¤ coise a toe. mer laime, gl. digitus, Ir. Gl.
465. mer coisi, gl. articulus, 466 . na mera, gl. digitos, Lor.
Gild. 167. dona .x. meraib, ib. 169 . remithir dóit láma neich
aile cach mér día méraib, FB 91. ar barr gach meoir da
60meraibh, CF 213. cona méur (= digito), Lat. Lives 29.
domrimart . . . co n-óenmeór isin richis, LU 9453. in gai ro
bai for a meor, Aen. 2131. secht meóir cechtar a dá choss.
secht meóir cechtar a dá lám, LU 6550 = TBC² 2034 , TBC
2723. ro in[ṡ]orchaigset a chúic meúir in mag, Trip. 126.11 =
65 a chuicc mer, Lat. Lives 17. a tri mēir in Dūileamain . . . atāt
ōs mo mullach, ZCP xiii 179.12 . is bec naro chomraicset
mera a choss (of two opposing hosts), TFerbe 329 . cumad
mera na cos amuil mera na lam, Laws iii 350.14 . forácaib
folliucht a mer forsan ailig, PH 6353. ata slícht a meor indti,
70 BCC § 122. Used as measure: tri duirnn ┐ da mer a fada, RC
xviii 32.30 , cf. FM ii 996.10 . tri meir a tiget, Laws ii 238.16 .
cia tiget na saille? Tri meoir, LB 260b19 . Cf. O'Dav. 807.
gurab écen m. ¤ dot mūnad ind-airecd may a finger be needed to
point thee out in the assembly
(= mayst thou be an object of
75scorn
), Fél. 96.15 (cf. Lat. monstrare digito). gurab eiccin meur
fair . . . inn aireacht dia mūnadh, BNnÉ 305 § 19. múinidh
sé le n-a mhéuruibh (of a graceless person), Prov. vi 13. cuir
do mher id bheul, Luc. Fid. 388.3 (a sign of discomfiture, cf.
colloquial Eng. `put your finger in your eye').
80 ingen ar méraib `the nail on the fingers', legal term denoting
the lowest division of `fine' or family-group , Laws iv 282.19 ;
286.1 . ranntair óthá athair . . . for cúlo ┐ frithrusc a frithisi
coruici ingen-ar-méraibh, Ériu i 215.17 . co hua ┐ iarmu . . .
co ingin ar meraib, vii 166.14 .
85Compds. With adj. follg., with — fingers, — fingered:
¤ chrom(m) crooked-fingered ; as sobriquet: Eogan Mérchrom
a quo Cenél Mérchroim, ZCP viii 328.31 , cf. LL 347c44 .
¤ ḟota long-fingered (-toed): cuilen merfota, IT iii 72 § 29.
¤ gel: on mnaoi mérghil, ZCP viii 109 § 8. ¤ ṡeng slender-
fingered , freq. epithet of noble persons: Mercuur merseng,
5 BB 412a14 . in méirṡeang mín, ZCP viii 229.14 . ingen Máine
mérṡeing, Met. Dinds. iv 4. don mhnai mhéirshing, SG 68.41 .
días méirseng, Ériu ii 164.7 .
In Mod.Ir. such compds. are occas. formed with meór-,
meóir-: meoradhbhaill, O'Bruad. iii 48 § 10 v.l. meoirliosta
10` hand-sluggish ', 92.7 .

2 mér n f. (variant of smér) orig. n-stem? cf. Thes. i 5.15 : occidit
. . . moros eorum in pruina .i. fructus sicomiris [= sycomori?]
nó merenn ` mulberry '. Name of a berry, blackberry? n p. mera
derga, cæra glasa, LL 117b23 . mérai nó cnoi, Mon. Tall. § 13.
15 meru mætnaide `Brombeeren', ZCP xiii 276.14 . d p. merib (gl.
moris Eclog. vi 22 ), Thes. ii 361.

méra n m. (late loan-word) a mayor . méra méire, IGT Decl.
§ 2.13 (sing. invar., n p. méra, -dha). an mére , ib. ex. 87 . m. ¤
an bhaile, AU iii 484.6 (an. 1507 ). mére an bhaile, FM v 1290.
20 22 . dia ḟorcongra for an mera, 1728.6 . Cf. maer.

merach adj o, ā. .l. ech [n]dubglas ┐ .l. coire n-umai ┐ .l. araid
merach, Anecd. i 12.11 ( YBL 131b34 ). For aráid (some kind
of garment, a mantle?) see TBC 5476 , 5479 . Possibly mérach
(< 1 mér) having fingers or finger-like appendages .

25 merachad xsee merugud.

meracht n ā, f., (1 mer) mental or emotional disturbance, excite-
ment, derangement . m. ¤ quasi mer-icht . . . .i. gnimh mer,
Corm. Y 891. m. ¤ a herma the madness of its gallop (of a horse),
Laws iii 180.19 Comm. m. ¤ a nuidlechais `the excitement of her
30new milk
' (of a cow), 228.16 Comm. , cf. v 152.13 Comm.
meisce merachta sain ┐ noco meisci lenna, iii 202.3 Comm.
ro soerad Nabcudón . . . don meracht forsa mbui, RC xii 436
§ 44 . ar na líonadh . . . do dhíomus ┐ do mhersacht `being
elated with pride and ambition
', TFrag. 158 (leg. mherracht).

35 meraid v ā. (1 mer) distracts, crazes, perturbs ; cid ra mer in cali?
TBC 1934 = créd do mhear, ZCP viii 553.28 . Acall. 854.
Adham Samson Solum rí | ro mersat a mban-airli the counsels
of their women infatuated them
, Ériu ii 229 § 5. mo sir-peccaid
. . . ram-mersitar, Ir. Lit. 6.10 . dergi a gruaidhi . . . do mhear
40mo cheill is mo chonn, ZCP xiii 169.20 . inghean Domhnaill
do mhear mé, Measgra Dánta 57.29 . Pass. impers. with imb:
ro merad imut thou art beside thyself, TFerbe 537 . (pers.) ro
mearaid menmanda na miled, TTebe 3076 (leg. ro mearaig,
Ed.?).
45 vn. merad: fogul do denum ris um a codhnaitu .i. a merad
to derange him, Laws v 298.7 Comm.

1 meraige n io, m., (1 mer) one whose wits are confused or dis-
ordered
; a muddle-headed or scatter-brained person: ni thucai
nach [m]eraige `no fool understands it', Thes. ii 292.7 ( Ml.
50 Poems ii ). ni-n-acend nach m. ¤ (i.e. we are invisible to dull-
witted mortals), SC 45. ní fuiris nach meraide the unthinking
will not find it out
, Ériu iv 134 § 12. atraracht Moisi . . . ni pu
héirge meraige, SR 3766. trí comartha meraigi [meraigthe
v.l.]: slicht a chíre ina ḟolt, slicht a ḟiacal ina chuit, slicht a
55luirge ina diaid ` fop' (? feckless person), Triads 103. cauradmir
tige meraige (i.e. the house of a man without forethought),
LU 8117 = FB 9 (see context). de mnaíb ┐ maccaemaib . . .
midlaigib ┐ meraigib ḟer ṅhErend, TBC 3827. nir meraigi
migaiscid, MR 232.16 . Folld. by defining gen.: mairg is m. ¤
60a dana (i.e. woe to him who takes his calling lightly, said to a
frivolous cleric), ZCP x 44.27 . mearaidhe .i. amadán, O'Cl.
mearuighe, Eg. Gl. 274 seems = meraigthe. ? tanaise ┐
meraige `the second swarm and the "meraighe" swarm' (of
bees), Laws iv 172.10 (glossed: .i. . . . in smeraige, ib. 27 , cf.
65 174.16 , 18 ).
As adj. io,iā.: sruth na Muaide mōire . . . meraighe meander-
ing (?), IT iii 89 § 117 = Bruchst. i § 37 (`des . . . wilden Moy',
Meyer).

2 meraige n iā, f., (mer) aberration, derangement: mearaidhe an
70tuaithbheartaigh the infatuation of the evil-doer, Hackett xxv 16.

meraigecht n ā, f., (cf. meraige) word of uncertain meaning,
apparently a state of mental perturbation; perplexity, being at
one's wit's end? in follg. exx. used of one who is nonplussed
or baffled . conid é sin méla ┐ mertain ┐ meraigecht is mó
75tucad for Coinculaind, TBC 2042 (alludes to the capture of the
Dond Cuailnge while C.'s back is turned). cipé imress mela
┐ mertain ┐ m. ¤ fort, 47 . ra gab [Agamemnon] ica chom-
didnad . . . nā dernad brón nā merten nā m. ¤ (of Menelaus after
the abduction of Helen), LL 231b40 ( TTr. 1074 ). ba mela mor
80┐ ba mearaidheacht lais na Grecaigh do techt seoca, BB
419a13 . iss ed dochuaidh . . . co Nestor, ár na badh merai-
ghecht dó nech do thoísigib in tṡluaghaid cen riachtain `so
that he might not err by omitting to go to any of the leaders
', TTr.²
273 = ar na badh meraidecht do neoch do toisigib, etc. lest
85any of the leaders should be perplexed by his not going
(?), LL
400a16 (of Antenor, who, having sought satisfaction in vain
from the leaders of the Greeks, applies last of all to Nestor).
ro [ḟ]orluaimnig a urlabra re meraidecht in míthapaid, MR
232.11 . murbell na meraigechta (of routed troops), 316.23 .