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 Mercu’rial.Mercuriale (4 syl., French). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Mercu’rial Finger (The).
 
The little finger.   1
       
“The thumb, in chiromancy, we give to Venus,
The forefinger to Jove, the midst to Saturn,
The ring to Sol, the least to Mercury.”
       
Ben Jonson: The Alchemist, i. l.
   If pointed it denotes eloquence, if square it denotes sound judgment.   2
 


 Mercu’rial.Mercuriale (4 syl., French). 

 
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