Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Merostomata noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek ... thigh + ..., -..., mouth.] (Zoology) A class of Arthropoda, allied to the Crustacea. It includes the trilobites, Eurypteroidea, and Limuloidea. All are extinct except the horseshoe crabs of the last group. See Limulus .

Mérou noun [ French] (Zoology) See Jack , 8 (c) .

Merovingian adjective [ From Merovaeus , the Latin name of a king of the Franks.] Of or pertaining to the first Frankish dynasty in Gaul or France. -- noun One of the kings of this dynasty.

Merozoite noun [ Greek ... part + Sporo zoa .] (Zoology) A form of spore, usually elongate or falciform, and somewhat amœboid, produced by segmentation of the schizonts of certain Sporozoa, as the malaria parasite.

Merrily adverb [ From Merry .] In a merry manner; with mirth; with gayety and laughter; jovially. See Mirth , and Merry .

Merrily sing, and sport, and play.
Granville.

Merrimake noun See Merrymake , noun

Merrimake intransitive verb See Merrymake , v. Gay.

Merriment noun Gayety, with laughter; mirth; frolic. "Follies and light merriment ." Spenser.

Methought it was the sound
Of riot and ill-managed merriment .
Milton.

Merriness noun The quality or state of being merry; merriment; mirth; gayety, with laughter.

Merry adjective [ Compar. Merrier ; superl. Merriest .] [ Middle English merie , mirie , murie , merry, pleasant, Anglo-Saxon merge , myrige , pleasant; confer murge , adverb ; probably akin to Old High German murg , short, Goth. gamaúrgjan to shorten; confer Latin murcus a coward, who cuts off his thumb to escape military service; the Anglo-Saxon and English meanings coming from the idea of making the time seem short. Confer Mirth .]
1. Laughingly gay; overflowing with good humor and good spirits; jovial; inclined to laughter or play ; sportive.

They drank, and were merry with him.
Gen. xliii. 34.

I am never merry when I hear sweet music.
Shak.

2. Cheerful; joyous; not sad; happy.

Is any merry ? let him sing psalms.
Jas. v. 13.

3. Causing laughter, mirth, gladness, or delight; as, a merry jest. " Merry wind and weather." Spenser.

Merry dancers . See under Dancer . -- Merry men , followers; retainers. [ Obsolete]

His merie men commanded he
To make him bothe game and glee.
Chaucer.

-- To make merry , to be jovial; to indulge in hilarity; to feast with mirth. Judg. ix. 27.

Syn. -- Cheerful; blithe; lively; sprightly; vivacious; gleeful; joyous; mirthful; jocund; sportive; hilarious.

Merry (mĕr"rȳ) noun (Botany) A kind of wild red cherry.

Merry-andrew (-ăn"dru) noun One whose business is to make sport for others; a buffoon; a zany; especially, one who attends a mountebank or quack doctor.

» This term is said to have originated from one Andrew Borde, an English physician of the 16th century, who gained patients by facetious speeches to the multitude.

Merry-go-round noun Any revolving contrivance for affording amusement; esp., a ring of flying hobbyhorses.

Merrymake noun Mirth; frolic; a meeting for mirth; a festival. [ Written also merrimake .]

Merrymake intransitive verb To make merry; to be jolly; to feast. [ Written also merrimake .]

Merrymaker noun One who makes merriment or indulges in conviviality; a jovial comrade.

Merrymaking adjective Making or producing mirth; convivial; jolly.

Merrymaking noun The act of making merry; conviviality; merriment; jollity. Wordsworth.

Merrymeeting noun A meeting for mirth.

Merrythought noun The forked bone of a fowl's breast; -- called also wishbone . See Furculum .

» It is a sportive custom for two persons to break this bone by pulling the ends apart to see who will get the longer piece, the securing of which is regarded as a lucky omen, signifying that the person holding it will obtain the gratification of some secret wish.

Mersion noun [ Latin mersio . See Merge .] Immersion. [ R.] Barrow.

Merulidan noun [ Latin merula , merulus , blackbird. See Merle .] (Zoology) A bird of the Thrush family.

Merus noun [ New Latin ] (Architecture) See Meros .

Mervaille noun Marvel. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Mes- See Meso- .

Mesa .... [ Spanish ] A high tableland; a plateau on a hill. [ Southwestern U.S.] Bartlett.

Mesaconate noun (Chemistry) A salt of mesaconic acid.

Mesaconic adjective [ Mes- + -aconic , as in citraconic .] (Chemistry) Pertaining to, or designating, one of several isomeric acids obtained from citric acid.

Mesad adverb Same as Mesiad .

Mesal adjective Same as Mesial .

Mésalliance noun [ French] A marriage with a person of inferior social position; a misalliance.

Mesally (mĕs" a l*lȳ) adverb Same as Mesially .

Mesamœboid (mĕs`a*mē"boid) noun [ Mes- + amœboid .] (Biol.) One of a class of independent, isolated cells found in the mesoderm, while the germ layers are undergoing differentiation.

Mesaraic adjective [ Greek mesa`raion mesentery; me`sos middle + 'araia` flank.] (Anat.) Mesenteric.

Mesaticephalic adjective [ Greek ... midmost + English cephalic .] (Anat.) Having the ratio of the length to the breadth of the cranium a medium one; neither brachycephalic nor dolichocephalic.

Mesaticephalous adjective (Anat.) Mesaticephalic.

Mescal noun [ Spanish ] A distilled liquor prepared in Mexico from a species of agave. See Agave .

Mesdames noun , plural of Madame and Madam .

Meseems v. impers. [ imperfect Meseemed .] It seems to me. [ Poetic]

Mesel noun [ See Measle .] A leper. [ Obsolete]

Meselry noun Leprosy. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Mesembryanthemum noun [ New Latin , from Greek meshmbri`a midday + 'a`nqos flower.] (Botany) A genus of herbaceous or suffruticose plants, chiefly natives of South Africa. The leaves are opposite, thick, and f...eshy. The flowers usually open about midday, whence the name.

Mesencephalic adjective (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the mesencephalon or midbrain.

Mesencephalon noun [ New Latin See Meso- and Encephalon .] (Anat.) The middle segment of the brain; the midbrain. Sometimes abbreviated to mesen . See Brain .

Mesenchyma noun [ New Latin , from Greek me`sos middle + -enchyma , as in English parenchyma .] (Biol.) The part of the mesoblast which gives rise to the connective tissues and blood.

Mesenteric adjective [ Confer French mésentérique .] (Anat.) Pertaining to a mesentery; mesaraic.

Mesenteron noun [ New Latin See Meso- , and Enteron .] (Anat.) All that part of the alimentary canal which is developed from the primitive enteron and is lined with hypoblast. It is distinguished from the stomodæum , a part at the anterior end of the canal, including the cavity of the mouth, and the proctodæum , a part at the posterior end, which are formed by invagination and are lined with epiblast.

Mesentery noun [ Greek mesente`rion , me`sos + 'e`nteron intestine: confer French mésentère .]


1. (Anat.) The membranes, or one of the membranes (consisting of a fold of the peritoneum and inclosed tissues), which connect the intestines and their appendages with the dorsal wall of the abdominal cavity. The mesentery proper is connected with the jejunum and ilium, the other mesenteries being called mesocæcum , mesocolon , mesorectum , etc.

2. (Zoology) One of the vertical muscular radiating partitions which divide the body cavity of Anthozoa into chambers.

Meseraic adjective (Anat.) Mesaraic.

Mesethmoid adjective [ Mes- + ethmoid .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the middle of the ethmoid region or ethmoid bone. -- noun (Anat.) The median vertical plate, or median element, of the ethmoid bone.