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meirén 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.

5 1 meirg (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
10meirge, 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 (` envy, ill-will ?' Stokes). cen m. ¤ fri ciallrad
comlán, 6282 . na trí múir . . . tadbain a n-airde cen m. ¤ | ó
15thalmain 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. ¤
20ocus 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).

2 meirg adj. na bi m. ¤ miliun (miliuin v.l.), O'Dav. 1150. Cet
25mac Magach m. ¤ , ZCP xi 109.6 . gaet Art uas Muccrama m. ¤ ,
RC xxiii 310.5 .

1 meirge 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;
30perh. 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 n io, m., also d-stem in pl. n s. merce, LB 124a19 .
merci, ib. 20 , 35 . n p. mergi, LL 51a11 . mergge, ib. 29 . merci,
35 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
40Comm. 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
45 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.
50 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-
55nig, 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:
60 rí-mheirge áigh is eissíth, Ir. Monthly 1920, 111 § 39 .

1 meirgech 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.
65 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.

70 2 meirgech 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 .

75 meirgide 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 .

80 meiriden 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.
85perh. = ill treatment, evil fate ). A doublet of meirten?

meirilliún 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 .