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 for mercurial
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mercurial \Mer*cu"ri*al\, n.
     1. A person having mercurial qualities. --Bacon.
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     2. (Med.) A preparation containing mercury.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mercurial \Mer*cu"ri*al\, a. [L. mercurialis, fr. Mercurius
     Mercury: cf. F. mercuriel.]
     1. Having the qualities fabled to belong to the god Mercury;
        swift; active; sprightly; fickle; volatile; changeable;
        as, a mercurial youth; a mercurial temperament.
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              A mercurial man
              Who fluttered over all things like a fan. --Byron.
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     2. Having the form or image of Mercury; -- applied to ancient
        guideposts. [Obs.] --Chillingworth.
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     3. Of or pertaining to Mercury as the god of trade; hence,
        money-making; crafty.
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              The mercurial wand of commerce.       --J. Q. Adams.
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     4. Of or pertaining to, or containing, mercury; as, mercurial
        preparations, barometer. See Mercury, 2.
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     5. (Med.) Caused by the use of mercury; as, mercurial sore
        mouth.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  mercurial
      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, mercurial, quicksilver(a)]
      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"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  236 Moby Thesaurus words for "mercurial":
     active, activist, activistic, adrift, adroit, afloat, agile, alive,
     alternating, ambitendent, ambivalent, amorphous, animated,
     at loose ends, aureate, bouncing, bouncy, brass, brassy, brazen,
     breakneck, breezy, brisk, bronze, bronzy, bubbly, buoyant,
     capricious, changeable, changeful, changing, chipper, choppy,
     clever, copper, coppery, coquettish, cunning, cupreous, cuprous,
     dashing, desultory, deviable, deviating, deviative, deviatory,
     different, disorderly, divaricate, divergent, diversified,
     diversiform, dizzy, double-minded, double-quick, dubious,
     eagle-winged, ebullient, eccentric, effervescent, elastic,
     energetic, erose, erratic, expansive, expeditious, express,
     faddish, fast, fast and loose, fence-sitting, fence-straddling,
     ferrous, ferruginous, fickle, fitful, fleet, flickering, flighty,
     flirtatious, flitting, fluctuating, flying, freakish, frisky,
     full of go, full of life, full of pep, galloping, giddy, gilt,
     gold, gold-filled, gold-plated, golden, hair-trigger, hasty,
     headlong, hustling, impetuous, impulsive, inconsistent, inconstant,
     indecisive, infirm, infirm of purpose, ingenious, iron, ironlike,
     irregular, irresolute, irresolved, irresponsible, jagged, jerky,
     lead, leaden, light, light of heel, light-footed, live, lively,
     lubricious, mazy, mercurous, militant, mobile, moody, motley,
     movable, mugwumpian, mugwumpish, mutable, nickel, nickelic,
     nickeline, nimble, nimble-footed, nonconformist, nonstandard,
     nonuniform, of two minds, peppy, perky, pert, pewter, pewtery,
     pluralistic, precipitate, prompt, quick, quick as lightning,
     quick as thought, quicksilver, ragged, rambling, rapid, reckless,
     resilient, restless, rough, roving, running, scatterbrained,
     shapeless, shifting, shifty, shuffling, silver, silver-plated,
     silvery, skittish, smacking, snappy, spanking, spasmodic, speedy,
     spineless, spirited, sporadic, sprightly, spry, steel, steely,
     swift, temperamental, ticklish, tin, tinny, toying, unaccountable,
     uncertain, uncontrolled, undecided, undependable, undetermined,
     undisciplined, unequable, unequal, uneven, unfixed, unorthodox,
     unpredictable, unreliable, unresolved, unrestrained, unsettled,
     unstable, unstable as water, unstaid, unsteadfast, unsteady,
     unsystematic, ununiform, vacillating, vagrant, variable,
     variegated, variform, various, varying, versatile, vicissitudinary,
     vicissitudinous, vivacious, volatile, wandering, wanton, wavering,
     wavery, wavy, wayward, whimsical, winged, wishy-washy, zingy
  
  

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