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merganser any of various large diving ducks that have a narrow bill with a hooked tip and serrated edges, and usu. a crest on the head.
merge to combine or unite. [5 definitions]
merger the consolidation of two or more businesses into one, or the legal transfer of the assets of one corporation to another.
meridian a great circle circumscribing the earth and passing through both poles, or either half of such a circle from one pole to the other. [7 definitions]
meringue egg whites beaten stiff with sugar and sometimes flavoring, used to form a pastry shell or as a topping on other baked foods.
merino a breed of sheep originating in Spain. [2 definitions]
merit worth or high quality. [5 definitions]
meritless combined form of merit.
meritocracy a system in which people attain power, influence, and wealth because of their intellectual abilities rather than because of their class status or family lineage.
meritorious having merit; worthy of praise or reward.
merit system a system in which people are hired or promoted to civil service positions on the basis of the results of competitive examinations.
Meriwether Lewis U.S. co-leader with William Clark of an expedition to explore the uncharted American West, from Missouri to Oregon, from 1804 to 1807 (b.1774--d.1809).
Merlin in Arthurian legend, a magician and seer who helps King Arthur.
merlin a small aggressive falcon of Europe and North America. [2 definitions]
merlot a red grape from which some French Bordeaux wines are made. [2 definitions]
mermaid a mythical sea creature with the head and upper body of a woman and the lower body and tail of a fish.
merman a mythical sea creature with the head and upper body of a man and the lower body and tail of a fish.
-merous having parts of (such) a type or number; partite.
Merovingian of or pertaining to the line of kings who ruled over ancient France from about 500 A.D. to 751 A.D. [2 definitions]
merrily in a cheerful and happy way.
merriment lighthearted and happy enjoyment, especially in the company of others; gaiety; mirth.