noun, Chiefly Scot.
the blackbird, Turdus merula.
a bluish gray color mottled with black.
being the color merle.
a male or female given name.
/mɜːl; Scottish mɛrl/
(Scot) another name for the (European) blackbird
(of a dog, esp a collie) having a bluish-grey coat with speckles or streaks of black Often called blue merle
“blackbird,” late 15c., from Old French merle “blackbird” (12c.), from Latin merulus “blackbird,” from PIE *ams- “black, blackbird” (cf. Old English osle “blackbird;” see ouzel). The word owes its survival in modern times to its use by Scottish poets. The Latin word shows effects of rhotacism. It also is the source of Provençal and Spanish merla, Portuguese merlo, and Italian merla. Borrowed from French are Middle Dutch and German merle, Dutch meerle.
[mer-loh pawn-tee] /mɛrˈloʊ pɔ̃ ti/ noun 1. Maurice, 1908–61, French phenomenological philosopher. /French mɛrlopɔ̃ti/ noun 1. Maurice (mɔris). 1908–61, French phenomenological philosopher
[mur-lin] /ˈmɜr lɪn/ noun 1. a small, bold falcon, Falco columbarius, of the Northern Hemisphere. [mur-lin] /ˈmɜr lɪn/ noun 1. Arthurian Romance. a venerable magician and seer. 2. a male given name. /ˈmɜːlɪn/ noun 1. a small falcon, Falco columbarius, that has a dark plumage with a black-barred tail: used in falconry See also pigeon […]
[mair-loh; Spanish mer-law] /ˈmɛər loʊ; Spanish ˈmɛr lɔ/ noun 1. a city in E Argentina, near Buenos Aires.
[mur-luh n] /ˈmɜr lən/ noun 1. (in a battlement) the solid part between two crenels. /ˈmɜːlən/ noun 1. (fortifications) the solid upright section in a crenellated battlement n. “solid part of a battlement,” 1704, from French merlon (17c.), from Italian merlone, augmentative of merlo “battlement,” perhaps a contraction of mergola, diminutive of Latin mergae “two-pronged […]