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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 .

meirle n iā, f., meirli (pl. ¤ , -dha), IGT Dec. § 3.5 . Stealing,
robbing; robbery (a stronger term than gait, but often used as
5synonym): 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,
10 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 .
15 Ath Cliath do losccadh . . . i merle by stealth (? marauding),
CS 242.19 . In concrete sense: fear ro ith m. ¤ , Eg. 88, fo. 50d
( O'C. 2596 ), cf. Laws i 238.13 .

1 meirlech n o, m., meirlech, IGT Dec. § 22. A robber, a bandit:
fúr .i. meirlech, O'Dav. 830. meirleach .i. gadaighe, O'Cl.
20 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
25foglaigi 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 .
30 meirleach `an outlaw, a rebel ', Eg. Gl. 97.

2 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.

35 3 meirlech n ā, f., robbery: cin goin cin merligh, ZCP vii 305.19
(B.na f.).

meirlechas n o, m., lawlessness, rebellion: dol i meirleachas to
rebel
, TSh. 9191. do mhúchadh mheirleachais, 6781 .

? meirnech adj o, ā. ulcha dobrach i ndomnach, | i luan, i mairt
40mac meirnech (: meirlech), Corm. Y 496 = feirnech, H. 3.18
p. 69 ( O'C. 101 ).

? meirsce n (pl.) scars, wounds? crec[h]t[a] letarta . . . ┐
tregmadhæ doimne ┐ mersce dileigis ann, CCath. 6059 (innsce
v.l.). Cf. méirscre `a scar ', Dinneen .

45 1 meirse n iā, f., (Low Lat. mercia) a fine, amercement: méirsi, gl.
amerciamentum, Ir. Gl. 780. bia cealla fá mersi, ZCP x 49.15 .
imat aibirseoir da gabail chucut it' meirseadhaibh, YBL
150b39 .

2 meirse n f. (= obsolete Eng. march, merche) smallage or wild
50 celery: apium domesticum .i. an meirsi ghardha, Rosa Angl.
385 (vocab.). sugh mersi, 230.22 . prémha mérse, O'Gr. Cat.
224.19. mérsi . . . do cur ar cneidh, ib. 20 . meirse ` smallage ',
Hog. Luibh.

meirseil n f. see mársáil.

55 meirten (mertan) norig. ā,f.? n s. mertan, LU 3609 ( SC 30 ).
mertain, SR 3445 , TBC 2042. merten, TBC 2319 (usual
form). a d s. mertain, mertin, merten. ? g p. merten, LL 231b
21 , CCath., 4524 . In FM treated as o, m.
Discouragement, depression of spirit, weariness: ros-lín
60mertain, ros-gab cess | dia fechtaib o tir díles, SR 3445. ro
gab-sum merten ┐ athscís forru, TBC 2319 = do gab mertin
et aithsgis mor Cc., St. cipé imress mela ┐ mertain fort, 47 ,
cf. 2042 . co rus-facaib . . . fo ṁertin ┐ mela, MacCarthy 70.9
( LB 113a32 ). nā dernas brón nā merten, LL 231b39 ( TTr.
65 1074 ). irnada broin ┐ merten, ib. 21 ( TTr. 1059 ). atchonnairc
P. brón ┐ dubai ┐ mertin for gnuis Helene, TTr.² 531. cen
mertin cen brón, IT iii 64.2 . mairgnech ┐ meirten . . . ro
bhaoi seachnón a longphort, FM vi 2288.21 . ro leicc-siumh
meirten fair `pretended to be unwell', BNnÉ 297 § 33. Fatigue:
70 ag leicen a scissi ┐ a merten, Fl. Earls 170.3 . acc cur a sccísi
┐ a meirtin de, FM v 1734.7 , cf. 1772.14 , vi 1974.12 . With
gen. of cause: ic fulang . . . merten mara ┐ tíre, CCath. 4524.
fuilingit imat guasachta ┐ mertin mara ┐ tire, Fl. Earls 128.28 .
ro láisit scís ┐ meirten na mara dhíobh, Hugh Roe 266.19 (fo.
7571 a) . la merten a aistir, D IV 2, 73rb 4 .

meirtne n iā, f., (meirten) weariness, depression: go ndeachaidh
a sgís ┐ a meirtne dhíobh, ML 36.8 . tráth fá raibhe C. . . . a
meirtne ┐ a móircheas, Todd Lect. iv 60 § 1. meirtine
(: Midhe), Rel. Celt. ii 299.26 .

80 meirtnech adj o, ā. (meirten) wearied, jaded, depressed: ba scíth
┐ ba torsech ┐ bá mertnech, FB 85 (= mertrech, LU 9098 ).
ba mertnech Moisi . . . fri hilchaiṅgni, SR 4541. ba mertnech
Moyse oc gleod chest, LB 122a12 . ní raibh duine meirtneach
ann a ttreabhuibh `feeble person', Psa. cv 37. pl. raptar scítha
85a n-eich ┐ raptar mertnig a n-araid, TBC 3619. meirtnig ros-
tacht a menma, SR 3453. ro leicset re hol ┐ re haibnius iat
comdis mescda mertnecha uili, TTebe 1886 . go meirbh
meirtneach, Ériu v 80.16 . TSh. 2560.