from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Aprostitute; a harlot.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of bivalves: same as Cytherea.


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  • I eagerly await the revival of the word 'meretrix'.

    Sadly, No!

  • According to the meretrix. com, which parsed ex ...

    Keith Thomson: Which is Safer: The Drive to the Airport or the Flight?

  • According to the meretrix. com, which parsed extensive National Transportation Safety Board accident data with Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association data: Driving results in 1.47 fatalities per 100 million miles; Airlines are responsible for 1.57 fatalities per 100 million miles.

    Keith Thomson: Which is Safer: The Drive to the Airport or the Flight?

  • And the other of a tawdry and repulsive 21st Century meretrix:

    Living in the past « Anglican Samizdat

  • And for urine, that is meretrix medicorum, the most deceitful thing of all, as

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Si genetrix caste, caste quoque filia vivit; si meretrix mater, filia talis erit.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Quid enim meretrix nisi juventutis expilatrix, virorum rapina seu mors; patrimonii devoratrix, honoris pernicies, pabulum diaboli, janua mortis, inferni supplementum?

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Augustus orbis imperator uxorem expeteret, mallem tua esse meretrix quam orbis imperatrix; she had rather be his vassal, his quean, than the world's empress or queen. — non si me Jupiter ipse forte velit, — she would not change her love for Jupiter himself.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • "This is the difference between a meretrix (harlot) and a prostibula (common strumpet): a meretrix is of a more honorable station and calling; for meretrices are so named a merendo (from earning wages) because they plied their calling only by night; prostibulu because they stand before the stabulum (stall) for gain both by day and night."


  • "Ellie -- please stop showing off and tell me -- what the hell does _'et meretrix'_ mean?"

    Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine


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  • MereTrix: The Sexy Cereal

    July 20, 2008

  • hence, "meretricious", meaning attractive but with little real depth or character.

    January 18, 2008

  • Registered prostitute in Ancient Rome.

    January 17, 2008