Mercurial

Definition of Mercurial

Mer`cu´ri`al
a.1.Having the qualities fabled to belong to the god Mercury; swift; active; sprightly; fickle; volatile; changeable; as, a mercurial youth; a mercurial temperament.
A mercurial man
Who fluttered over all things like a fan.
- Byron.
2.Having the form or image of Mercury; - applied to ancient guideposts.
3.Of or pertaining to Mercury as the god of trade; hence, money-making; crafty.
The mercurial wand of commerce.
- J. Q. Adams.
4.Of or pertaining to, or containing, mercury; as, mercurial preparations, barometer. See Mercury, 2.
5.(Med.) Caused by the use of mercury; as, mercurial sore mouth.
n.1.A person having mercurial qualities.
2.(Med.) A preparation containing mercury.

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