- merckx, eddy,
- mercurial barometer,
- mercuric chloride
Origin of mercurial
Examples from the Web for mercurial
Since the recession, a mercurial job market has made it difficult for many vets to find steady employment.From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals|Matthew Wolfe|July 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I think that Michael would hate to be falsely remembered as perfect in retrospect—he was mercurial, impulsive, and intense.
They are superstitious, violent, passionate, mercurial, and secretive, with a greater belief in dragons than in any saint.Book Bag: Paul Theroux’s Favorite Inner-Journey Travel Books|Paul Theroux|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But Chechnya has become a republic of fear, the fiefdom of one man: its mercurial 36-year-old president, Ramzan Kadyrov.The Chechens in America: Why They’re Here and Who They Are|Andrew Meier|April 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But I press on, because my mercurial editor is emailing me, “When are you filing that bitcoin story!??”
Such an array of paddles prophesies of a mercurial temperament and an energetic character.Chambers' Edinburgh Journal|Various
Deena ran to the window and caught her mercurial sister issuing from the door below.
Crossing the Snake, he broke his only mercurial barometer and was forced thereafter to rely on his aneroid.The Last American Frontier|Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
Kit Ines, of the mercurial legs, must now give impromptu display of his dancing.The Amazing Marriage, Complete|George Meredith
Space is left for the insertion of the mercurial thermometer.
Word Origin for mercurial
late 14c., "pertaining to the planet Mercury" (see Mercury). Meaning "sprightly, volatile, quick" (1590s) is from supposed qualities of those born under the planet Mercury (they also are the qualities of the god Mercury), probably also partly by association with the qualities of quicksilver. A variant in this sense was mercurious (1590s). Related: Mercurially; mercuriality.