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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle French migraigne, from Late Latin hemicrania (pain in one half of the head), from Ancient Greek ἡμικρᾱνίᾰ (hēmikrānía), from ἡμι- (hēmi-, hemi-, half) + κρανίον (kraníon, skull) (whence also cranium).[1] Compare migraine, hemicrania.


megrim (plural megrims)

  1. (now rare) A headache; a migraine. [from 15th c.]
  2. (in the plural) Depression, low spirits, unhappiness. [from 16th c.]
    • 1766, George Colman & David Garrick, The Clandestine Marriage, Act iv, Scene 2.
      Thou art properly my cephalick ſnuff, and art no bad medicine againſt megrims, vertigoes, and profound thinking []
  3. (now rare) A fancy, a whim, a caprice. [from 16th c.]
  4. (in the plural) Any of various diseases of animals, especially horses, marked by a disturbance of equilibrium and abnormal gait and behaviour such as staggers or a sudden vertigo, sometimes followed by unconsciousness; the staggers. [from 17th c.]
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Etymology 2Edit

Origin unknown.


megrim (plural megrims)

  1. A type of European deep water flatfish, Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis; the whiff or sail-fluke.


  1. ^ megrim” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.