mar, mari & mer

These ROOT-WORDS are MAR, MARI, & MER meaning SEA & POOL. It comes from the Latin mare which means SEA. The SEA was of the greatest importance to the Romans. Mare Liberum, the open sea: Mare Clausum, the closed Sea: and Mare Nostrum, our sea which is now called the Mediterranean Sea. All the words on this list have a musical sound, from MERmaid to MARina. “The Ancient Mariner” sounds much more musical than “The Old Sailor” which means the same thing.

1. Mere : MERE (meer) n.

Lake; pool

2. Mermaid : MER maid (mer’ made) n.

Fabled marine creature, half fish, half woman

3. Merman : MER man (mer’ man) n.

The male of the marine creatures

4. Marine : MAR ine (ma rene’) adj.

Relating to the sea

5. Marine : MaR ine (ma rene’) n.

A sailor, serving on shipboard

6. Maritime : MAR itime (mar’ i time) adj.

Relating to commerce and navigation

7. Mariner : MAR iner (mar’ i ner) n.

A sailor; as, in a poem by Coleridge, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

8. Mare liberum : MAR e liberum (mar’ e lib’ er um)

The open sea; open to all nations

9. Marinist : MAR inist (ma rene’ ist) n.

One interested in relation between land and sea

10. Marinorama : MAR inorama (mar i no ra’ ma) n.

A panoramic presentation of a view of the sea

11. Marsh : MAR sh (marsh) n.

Wet land; swamp; morass

12. Marshy : MAR shy (mar’ shee) adj.


13. Mare nostrum : MAR e nostrum (mar’ e nos’ trum) n.

Latin “Our Sea” The name which the Romans gave to the Mediterranean Ses

14. Marfire : MAR fire (mar’ five) n.

The phosphorescence on the sea

15. Marina : MAR ina (ma ree’ na) n.

A dock for mooring and refitting boats of various types

16. Margaret : MAR garet (mar’ ga ret) n.

A female name meaning a pearl

17. Marginella : MAR ginella (mar ji net’ a) n.


18. Marigenous : MAR igneous (ma rij’ ee nus) adj.

Produced in or by the sea

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