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meirbe n iā,f., (io,m.?) occas. with non-palatal,merb(a)e, abstr.
80ofmeirb. Inertness,weakness,ineffectiveness: merbe ┐ lagatus
cech uilcc, PH 4360. a chétul cen merbai (: demnai), Fél. Ep.
150. co tistais cen merbi mod | do adrad a deilbi-seom, SR
1807. 7227 .cen merbe, cen derc[h]ainuth, Arch. iii 320.5 .
cen meirbe is cen míbal, Met. Dinds. iii 224. deich meic B.
85cen m. ¤ , LL 4a42 = Leb. Gab. i 220.1 .bad ḟossud cen chuit
merbae, Ériu iii 96 § 3. ni ḟetamar . . . comairli merbi na
mettachta acut, LL 264b1 = MU 18.8 .do bhrígh a meirbhe
┐ a neamhtharbhuidhe, Hebr. vii 18. meirbhe .i. brég;
mearbha .i. mearbhall no brég, O'Cl. (folld. by P. O'C. ) is
prob. a false inference from the phrase:cen m. ¤

5 meirbes n m.(meirb) weakness: as neartmhaire meirbheas Dé
náid daoine, 1 Cor. i 25.

meirbigid v g, (meirb) weakens,enervates: ro meirbhiged a
meisnech, ALC i 466.13 .

meirblech n[a,f.?]ra immir in Findbennach meirbflech a
10astair ┐ a imthechta ┐ na sliged for in Dond Cualngi, TBC
6152 =merblach, St.;merbhlachH.,mearbhla, Add. (forms
prob. due to association withmerbal). The reading of LL
may mean intricate confusion,maze (cf. meirblige,-id); Wind.
translates:da führte der F. den D. in Irrtum, taking as =
15 merbal.

1 meirblige 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
20meirbhlighe | 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 withmerbal(l), and the primary sense may
be that of dispersion,scattering,swarming,etc. (cf. meir-
25bligim, 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 withmeirb.

2 meirblige adj io, iā(org s.of1 meirblige?):sruama . . . muada
merda meirblige | isna lasrachaib tened, SR 8171 ( quivering,
30 undulating?).in uchd [leg.lucht?] marbda meirbligi(of souls
in Hell), ZCP iii 34.12 (perh. faint ,cf. meirb.).

meirbligid v g. (a) bubbles,gushes,swarms ?meirbligim, gl.
scat[e]o Thes. ii 42.23 (meinbligimMS.,corr.Windisch).bec
nar merblig in sruth dib amal fhót sengán the river was nearly
35swarming
(?)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-
40bhlighset a meoir`were palsied', Buile S. 14.9 . Seemeirbligud.

meirbligthe io, iā,part. adj.frommeirbligid.cona trichait
cath mbaitel mbirdha merblighthi, TBC 5592 St. =mear-
bhlaigh, Add.;mit ihren . . . wimmelnden (?) Schlachthaufen,
Wind.i.e. swarming; the senseconfusedoragitated would also
45suit.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 ).

50 meirbligud(-iud) n m. vn.ofmeirbligid.ro gabsat a láma
lacgad ┐ lánmerbligud, LL 244b3 = TTr. 2055 (`his hands
[began ] to grow weak and very feeble
', Stokes;totremble?).ro
gabsat a lama meirliubug [= meirbliugud] ┐ asrullai a nert
. . . essib, BB 436a22 .na bratac[h]a . . . for meirbliugud ┐ for
55fiarlubgail ┐ 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,confuseormix ,cf. Exod. xxxii
6020 ).

meircenn xseemer(compds.).

meircit 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).

65 meirdrech(meirtrech) n ā,f., O.Ir.mertrech(Lat.meretrix).
Aharlot,prostitute: mertrech, gl.pellex, Sg. 68b9 . Wb. 9d5 .
forsinmertrich ,ib. bullu mertrige(=membra meretricis), 9d4 .
merdrech, gl.ganea, Ir. Gl. 187. mertrechab eo quod est
meretrix. . . m. ¤ didiu ben druith baoth, Corm. Y 875. meir-
70drech 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
75 adj.:a chalann mheisgeach mheirdreach impure , Studies
1927, 593 § 9 . Usedfig.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 aheretic church: umhlughadh do mheirdrigh
80bhreugaigh, Luc. Fid. 365.17 .
Compd.meirddrech-loc abrothel (gl.fornix), Sg. 113a2 .

meirdrechas 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
85fuirri in merdrechais, Laws i 190.28 Comm. doghníd méir-
dreachus, Eochairsg. 10.38 .