Japan medlar(Bot.), the loquat. See Loquat.Neapolitan medlar(Bot.), a kind of thorn tree (Cratægus Azarolus); also, its fruit.

(Med"le) v. t. [See Meddle.] To mix; to mingle; to meddle. [Written also medly.] [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Med"ley) n.; pl. Medleys [OE. medlee, OF. meslée, medlée, mellée, F. mêlée. See Meddle, and cf. MelÉe, Mellay.]

1. A mixture; a mingled and confused mass of ingredients, usually inharmonious; a jumble; a hodgepodge; — often used contemptuously.

This medley of philosophy and war.

Love is a medley of endearments, jars,
Suspicions, reconcilements, wars.
W. Walsh.

2. The confusion of a hand to hand battle; a brisk, hand to hand engagement; a mêlée. [Obs.] Holland.

3. (Mus.) A composition of passages detached from several different compositions; a potpourri.

Medley is usually applied to vocal, potpourri to instrumental, compositions.

4. A cloth of mixed colors. Fuller.

(Med"ley), a.

1. Mixed; of mixed material or color. [Obs.] "A medlé coat." Chaucer.

2. Mingled; confused. Dryden.

(Med"ly) v. t. See Medle. Johnson.

(||Mé`doc") n. [Cf. Mayduke.] A class of claret wines, including several varieties, from the district of Médoc in the department of Gironde.

(Med"re*gal) n. (Zoöl.) See Bonito, 3.

(Med"rick) n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zoöl.) A species of gull or tern. [Prov.] Lowell.

(Me*dul"la) n. [L.]

1. Marrow; pith; hence, essence. [Obs.] Milton.

2. (Anat.) The marrow of bones; the deep or inner portion of an organ or part; as, the medulla, or medullary substance, of the kidney; specifically, the medula oblongata.

3. (Bot.) A soft tissue, occupying the center of the stem or branch of a plant; pith.

||Medulla oblongata. [L., oblong medulla] (Anat.), the posterior part of the brain connected with the spinal cord. It includes all the hindbrain except the cerebellum and pons, and from it a large part of the

(||Me"di*us) n.; pl. Medii [NL., fr. L. medius middle. See Medium.] (Anat.) The third or middle finger; the third digit, or that which corresponds to it.

(Med"lar) n. [OE. medler medlar tree, OF. meslier, F. néflier, L. mespilum, mespilus, Gr. . Cf. Naseberry.] A tree of the genus Mespilus (M. Germanica); also, the fruit of the tree. The fruit is something like a small apple, but has a bony endocarp. When first gathered the flesh is hard and austere, and it is not eaten until it has begun to decay.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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