from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A game also called
fiuepennyor nine men's morris, played with counters or pegs. See morris.
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There was a third empty place on the dais table, but Sabin neither came to dine nor arrived to play dice or merels in the hall after the meal had finished.
His blue eyes were shrewd as he arranged the merels pieces.
Annais looked quickly down at the merels board as if considering her strategy.
Sabin had been playing a game of merels with one of the older squires but, as Annais arrived, the youth rose, stretched, nodded to Sabin and went off to attend to his duties.
That she had wanted him to stay and play at merels, had wanted to watch his swift, supple fingers move upon the pieces.
In the Border country, on the other hand, it is unlucky to tread on the graves of unbaptized children, and "he who steps on the grave of a stillborn or unbaptized child, or of one who has been overlaid by its nurse, subjects himself to the fatal disease of the grave-merels, or grave-scab."
The game was obviously a variant of merels, or ninemen’s morris, and probably a gift brought back from Normandy by Aliena’s father.