from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An abbreviation of meridian.


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  • French language began when she discovered that "mer," the French word for "sea" was pronounced the same as "mére," mother.

  • The sun glare on the water made my eyes ache, while I was suffering more than half a touch of mal de mer from the antic conduct of the outrigger on the blobby sea.

    The Water Baby

  • I avoided going by the famous Mer Call'd Martin mer that as ye proverb sayes has parted many a man and his mare – indeed it being neare evening and not getting a Guide I was a little afraid to go that way it being very hazardous for Strangers to passe by it.

    Through England on a Side Saddle in the Time of William and Mary

  • (NOTES: Bêche-de-mer is the trepang, sea-slug or sea cucumber, a marine animal related to starfish and sea urchins, found in the south Pacific and Indian oceans.

    “Some day, all the fools will be dead....”

  • The market sometimes affords the ecrivisse de mer, which is a lobster without claws, of a sweetish taste; and there are a few rock oysters, very small and very rank.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • We have abundance of the saepia, or cuttle-fish, of which the people in this country make a delicate ragout; as also of the polype de mer, which is an ugly animal, with long feelers, like tails, which they often wind about the legs of the fishermen.

    Travels through France and Italy

  • The mayor of Krasnodar made a big deal about not wanting to be called mer because it was an unacceptable injection of foreign words into politics—he preferred the Slavic construction gradonachal'nik. MER/GUBERNATOR.

  • The situation was all the stranger as there was no unified standard terminology: the head of the Moscow administration is called mer, while in St Petersburg the name of the same post is gubernator. MER/GUBERNATOR.

  • Bill Malden tells this wonderful story about the dedication of Colleville-sur-mer, which is the cemetery in Omaha Beach, and I think it was General

    The Greatest Generation

  • It's called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, (MRSA "mer'-sa").

    Health News from Medical News Today


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