One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1megrimsDepression; low spirits.‘fresh air and exercise, she generally found, could banish most megrims’
- ‘Women have moods and megrims.’
2A whim or fancy.
impulse, urge, notion, fancy, whimsy, foible, idea, caprice, conceit, vagary, kink, crotchet, craze, fad, passion, inclination, bentView synonyms
- ‘Converted, she, by the great grief that had befallen her friends; made ashamed of whining over megrims when death and shame were making havoc in the little home.’
3old-fashioned term for migraine
Late Middle English: variant of migraine.
1A deep-water flatfish of the European Atlantic coast.
Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis, family Scophthalmidae (or Bothidae)
- ‘We welcome the decision to increase the quotas for monkfish, megrim and haddock in the southwestern waters.’
- ‘Additionally from Wednesday last Ireland's fishing industry was ordered to stop fishing for monkfish, prawns, white pollack and megrims as the country's quota for the current year had already been reached.’
- ‘It was a red letter day for me as I like to catch as many different species of fish as I can and earlier in the day I had caught my first ever megrim off Erris Head.’
- ‘Not only will the cuts apply to cod but will apply also to associated species such as whiting, haddock, sole, saithe, monk, plaice, prawns, hake and megrim.’
- ‘Even though this rig is especially good for gurnards, it also proves superbly successful for dabs, plaice, megrim, even small turbot and brill, also haddock, cod and whiting.’
- 1.1another term for scaldfish
- ‘The term would include flatfish belonging to the genera Citharus, Lepidorhombus, Arnoglossus, and Bothus; the English terms 'megrim' and 'scaldfish' apply to some, but some Mediterranean species have no English names.’
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
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