1That is solely or no more or better than what is specified: it happened a mere decade ago questions that cannot be answered by mere mortals
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1.1 (the merest) The smallest or slightest: the merest hint of makeup
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Late Middle English (in the senses 'pure' and 'sheer, downright'): from Latin merus 'undiluted'.
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Entry from British & World English dictionary
A Maori war club, especially one made of greenstone.
- This replicates a traditional Maori War Club used by Maori warriors of old.
- A Maori warrior made his mere of greenstone, an igneous rock, and ground one side to a sharp edge.
- The Mere (traditional Maori club) buried in the whales tail is a symbolic act of war.
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