Definition for MER-CU'RI-AL

MER-CU'RI-AL, a. [From Mercury; L. mercurialis.]

  1. Formed under the influence of Mercury; active; sprightly; full of fire or vigor; as, a mercurial youth; a mercurial nation. Bacon. Swift.
  2. Pertaining to quicksilver; containing quicksilver, or consisting of mercury; as, mercurial preparations or medicines.
  3. Relating to Mercury as god of trade. The mercurial wand of commerce. J. Q. Adams.

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