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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 .

meraigid v g. I Intrans. loses self-control, becomes excited or
5 perturbed: meraigim, gl. prurio (= I wanton?), Thes. ii 42.6
(reading uncertain, merbigim acc. to Nigra, RC xxiv 306 - 9 ).
ro mesc, ro meraig 'masech `he grew drunk and mad by turns',
Met. Dinds. iii 412. Of sea: gur mhuidh ┐ gur mhearuigh an
sáile, ITS x 168.12 .
10 II Trans. bewilders, leads astray: led húaisli ná meraigh mé
`dazzle me not', Ériu ix 8.87 . is tús mire ros-mheraigh `the
beginnings of madness have set him wandering
', Content. xxv 4.
do mhearaighestar uabhar a n-aigeanta, ML 75.5 .
See meraigthe and merugad.

15 meraigthe adj io, iā. part. of meraigid. Bewildered, with mind
astray: dia mbáttar mesgtha meraighthe iar n-ól ḟiona, FM
1990.22 . mearuighthe an draoi adubhairt mad the poet who
spoke thus!
Content. xxv 6. atá mo chroidhe . . . mearuighthe,
Psa. cxliii 4. mearuighe a dtáobh an chreidimh `reprobate
20concerning the faith
', 2 Tim. iii 8. eidearbhtha, mearuighe
` refuse, reprobate ', Eg. Gl. 274.

meraigthech adj o, ā. (meraige) connā thaidhled nech a tech |
mina thaidhlid m. ¤ gone astray, wandering (?), Acall. 6132.

meranach (-ánach?) adj o, ā. (< 1 mer?) as sobriquet: in Mera-
25nach Hua hEochadha rí Ulad, RC xvii 415.17 (Tig.) = an
Meranach `the wanton ', CS 294.4 = Aed Meranach `the furious ',
AU ii 36.4 ; FM ii 906.17 (not transld.). ? Goffraidh Méranach,
AU ii 52.10 . Cf. anmand a tri trenḟear tra | Michu Mearan
Maineachan, BB 25a39 = Miolchu, Meran, Muinechan, Leb.
30Gab. i 40.

merb, -e xsee meirb, -e.

merbal(l) n o, m., and ā,f. Acc. to Meyer, Wortk. § 47 , orig.
merfal (o, m.) < mer+sŭel `turn' (cf. sell). d s. i merful , O'Mulc.
677. merball, merfall (o, m.), IGT Dec. § 11 (p. 54.5) . merfall,
35 merball (f. g s. -e, n p. -a), § 12.6 . merfuil, merfaill, merbhuill
(f. g s. n p. -i), § 13.11 . A variant form with slender vowel in
first syll. is muirbell.
(a) wandering, going astray: ra baí for merfaill ┐ merugud
ic iarraid a aite, LL 220a41 ( TTr. 232 ). co mbai for merbaill
40siar sair sechnon na fidbuide, BB 414a30 . nach trúagh . . . misi
ar merbfall | 's an tslighi réidh romam, IGT Dec. ex. 359. ná
cuir-se mé ar mearbhal set me not astray, Oss. iii 156.9 . do
chur na ttroch ar merbhall, BNnÉ 148.23 .
(b) mistake, error; mental confusion, aberration: cen merbuill
45 without mistake, truly , LL 139b28 . cen merfaill, 140b44 .
eittirbhretha Maodhócc . . . lea sccriobhadh gan merball, gan
merachad, BNnÉ 260 § 221. gan mearbhaill, Content. xxii 10.
nach fuair tú, móide an mearbhall, . . . uain cadail ar do
chearchuill that, to the confusion of your wits, you did not get
50time for sleep
, xxiv 21 . ní feas damh, móide ar mearbhall,
. . . | doidse nach dál bhus díomháoin, Studies 1918, 454
§ 18 . ar sráon 's ar merfaill, Ir. Texts ii 16 § 44. merbfall
berla, 14 § 27 . barr merbaill the height of aberration, O'Gr.
Cat. 555.29. ní fios merbail erroneous , 459.7 . seanchas mear-
55bhaill `false genealogy', Content. xvi 145. gan chéim mhear-
bhaill a false step, A. Ó Dálaigh xxxv 4. ar chaoi meisge ┐
mearbhail, Oss. iii 54.6 .

merballach n ā, f., (merbal) aberration, indiscriminate action?
co mbiad ar miri ┐ ar merbeallaig 'ma cuairt `so that he could
60smite in fury and at random
', TTebe 986 .

merblach xsee meirblech.

merblad n m. (< merbal) going astray, erring, mistaking: linn
as mebar gan m. ¤ we remember it without error, MacCarthy 310
§ 2 ( BB 13b37 ). Cf. mearbhla, TBC p. 897 n. 5 (v.l. for
65 meirbflech).

merda adj io, iā. (mer) animated, rapid, impetuous, lively ? Of
things: muada merda (of streams?), SR 8171. dar in muir m. ¤ ,
LL 3b40 . eass merrda, MR 104.13 . Of living beings: matud
mógda m. ¤ (of Goliath), SR 5753. a Michol m. ¤ menmnach!
70 5989 . in ceathror m. ¤ menmnach ` vigorous ', Met. Dinds. iii
358 . gasraid m. ¤ morgnímach, Cog. 160.5 . marcshluagh
merdha, FM v 1654.17 . mathghamhna meardha mórghlon-
nacha, Todd Lect. iv 82 § 28. Of a province: la Mumain m. ¤ ,
Anecd. i 14.5 . an Mhumha mheardha ` active ', Content. xiii 5.
75Of qualities or actions: miad m. ¤ , LL 136b19 . golmairg m. ¤ ,
Ériu iii 30 § 15. aicme fá mearrdha modha `a race of pleasant
customs
' (? vigorous deeds), Keat. ii 4619 (poem).

merdacht n ā, f., (merda) animation, impetuosity: is boc ar m. ¤
` madness ', O'Dav. 318. go merrdacht ┐ go moirmeanmain,
80 FM vi 2118. g s. meisce merdachta , R.I.A. 23 Q 6 p. 33b ( O'C.
1750 ) = merachta, Eg. 88, fo. 31d ( O'C. 2404 ). fírlaithrecha
fothaigthi buirbi ┐ bāig ┐ brathmerdacht in beatha `of the . . .
vigour of the world
', MR 150.6 .

mére xsee méra.

85 merechduin n madness or viciousness in a horse ? tetnuis .i. m. ¤ ,
H. 3.18 p. 638b ( O'C. 1420 ), introducing a passage dealing
with injury done by a vicious horse (parallel in Laws iii 180.6 -
11 ). A compd. of 1 mer?