Mercia

[mur-shee-uh, -shuh]
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Mercia

noun
  1. a kingdom and earldom of central and S England during the Anglo-Saxon period that reached its height under King Offa (757–96)
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Word Origin and History for mercia

Mercia

Anglo-Saxon kingdom of the Midlands, Latinized from Old English Mierce "men of the Marches," from mearc (see march (n.2)). Related: Mercian.

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