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  1. (in the Iliad) a Percosian augur who foresaw and unsuccessfully tried to prevent the death of his sons in the Trojan War.
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Examples from the Web for merops

Historical Examples

  • These were the sons of Merops of Percote, who excelled in all kinds of divination.

    The Iliad


  • This is brought in the Merops beak, and held over the obstacle till it falls off or gives way.

  • It perches in a very erect manner making swoops and sallies after insects precisely as Merops.

  • I allude to the blue-tailed species (Merops philippinus), which also occurs in Madras.

    Birds of the Plains

    Douglas Dewar

  • If I have a favourite bird it is the little green bee-eater (Merops viridis).

    Birds of the Plains

    Douglas Dewar