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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 mer·cu·ri·al /(ˌ)mɝˈkjʊriəl/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 mer·cu·ri·al /(ˌ)mɝˈkjʊrɪəl/ 形容詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mer·cu·ri·al a.
 1. Having the qualities fabled to belong to the god Mercury; swift; active; sprightly; fickle; volatile; changeable; as, a mercurial youth; a mercurial temperament.
 A mercurial man
 Who fluttered over all things like a fan.   --Byron.
 2. Having the form or image of Mercury; -- applied to ancient guideposts. [Obs.]
 3. Of or pertaining to Mercury as the god of trade; hence, money-making; crafty.
    The mercurial wand of commerce.   --J. Q. Adams.
 4. Of or pertaining to, or containing, mercury; as, mercurial preparations, barometer. See Mercury, 2.
 5. Med. Caused by the use of mercury; as, mercurial sore mouth.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mer·cu·ri·al, n.
 1. A person having mercurial qualities.
 2. Med. A preparation containing mercury.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: liable to sudden unpredictable change; "erratic behavior";
             "fickle weather"; "mercurial twists of temperament";
             "a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one
             moment, utterly fragile the next" [syn: erratic, fickle,
      2: relating to or under the (astrological) influence of the
         planet Mercury; "the Mercurial canals"
      3: relating to or having characteristics (eloquence,
         shrewdness, swiftness, thievishness) attributed to the god
         Mercury; "more than Mercurial thievishness"
      4: relating to or containing or caused by mercury; "mercurial
         preparations"; "mercurial sore mouth"