me-ra'-rits (merari, "bitter"):

The descendants of MERARI (which see), son of Levi. The only place where this form of the word occurs is Numbers 26:57. Elsewhere they are always referred to as "sons of Merari."

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'MERARITES'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.