3. A small projecting boss or bracket, on the under side of the hinged seat of a church stall (see Stall). It was intended, the seat being turned up, to give some support to a worshiper when standing. Called also misericordia.
4. (Science: medicine) same as ileus.
Origin: L, have mercy, fr. Misereri to have mercy, fr. Miser. See Miser.