/merr"in/, n.
1. Vet. Pathol. any of various diseases of cattle, as anthrax, foot-and-mouth disease, and Texas fever.
2. Obs. a plague or pestilence.
[1300-50; ME moreine, moryne < MF morine a plague, equiv. to mor(ir) to die ( L mori) + -ine -INE2]

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