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  1. a warship (originally the Union steamer Merrimack) that the Confederates converted into an ironclad, renamed the Virginia, and used against the Monitor in 1862 in the first battle between ironclads.
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Examples from the Web for merrimac

Historical Examples

  • It is about two miles from the junction of the Powow River with the Merrimac.

    The Works of Whittier, Volume I (of VII)

    John Greenleaf Whittier

  • When we came to the Merrimac, we found it a great and broad stream.

  • I have taken the liberty to give as a title for it "The Plaint of the Merrimac."


    Samuel T. Pickard

  • Merrimac is worthy a place in collections for the sake of variety.

  • Evidently the Merrimac would return the compliment every time.

    The Monitor and the Merrimac

    J. L. Worden et al.