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A spicy, North African sausage that is made with lamb or sometimes beef, is red in color, and is flavored with harissa, paprika, garlic, cumin, and other spices.

[French, from Maghrebi colloquial Arabic mergāz, variant of Arabic mirqāz, mirkās, possibly of Mozarabic origin and akin to Spanish morcón, large intestine used as sausage casing, chorizo with such casing, Spanish morcilla and Portuguese morcela, blood sausage, and dialectal Portuguese (Beira) môrca, potbelly, all probably from a pre-Roman Iberian root *murk-, belly, large intestine.]
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(Cooking) a heavily spiced North African sausage
[C20: probably from a Berber word ]
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Sadly, the chip-laden dish I chose as a main course was unavailable for the kitchen had run out of mergez (those spiced lamb sausages), even though we were there early.
" Everything we serve - from mergez sausages to sourdough bread, preserved lemons, pastries and ice creams - is made on the premises."
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