Meropodite to Mesodont
(Me*rop"o*dite) n. [Gr. thigh + poy`s, podo`s, foot.] (Zoöl.) The fourth joint of a typical
appendage of Crustacea.
(Mer*or`gan*i*za"tion) n. [Gr. part + E. organization.] Organization in part. [R.]
(||Me"ros) n. [NL., from Gr. part.] (Arch.) The plain surface between the channels of a triglyph.
[Written also merus.] Weale.
(||Me"ros), n. [NL., fr. Gr. the thigh.] (Anat.) The proximal segment of the hind limb; the thigh.
(Mer"o*some) n. [Gr. part + - some body.] (Zoöl.) One of the serial segments, or metameres,
of which the bodies of vertebrate and articulate animals are composed.
(||Mer`o*stom"a*ta) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. thigh + - mouth.] (Zoöl.) 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.
(||Mé`rou") n. [F.] (Zoöl.) See Jack, 8 (c).
(Mer`o*vin"gi*an) a. [From Merovaeus, the Latin name of a king of the Franks.] Of or
pertaining to the first Frankish dynasty in Gaul or France. n. One of the kings of this dynasty.
(Mer"ri*ly) adv. [From Merry.] In a merry manner; with mirth; with gayety and laughter; jovially.
See Mirth, and Merry.
Merrily sing, and sport, and play.Granville.
(Mer"ri*make`) n. See Merrymake, n.
(Mer"ri*make`), v. i. See Merrymake, v. Gay.
(Mer"ri*ment) n. Gayety, with laughter; mirth; frolic. "Follies and light merriment." Spenser.
Methought it was the soundMilton.
Of riot and ill-managed merriment.
(Mer"ri*ness), n. The quality or state of being merry; merriment; mirth; gayety, with laughter.
(Mer"ry) a. [Compar. Merrier ; superl. Merriest.] [OE. merie, mirie, murie, merry, pleasant,
AS. merge, myrige, pleasant; cf. murge, adv.; prob. akin to OHG. murg, short, Goth. gamaúrgjan to
shorten; cf. L. 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. Cf. 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. [Obs.]
His merie men commanded heChaucer.
To make him bothe game and glee.