- the blackbird, Turdus merula.
Origin of merle1
Examples from the Web for merl
Merl Reagle, otherwise known as “King of the Crossword,” knows exactly how you feel.The Crossword Puzzle Turns 100: The ‘King of Crossword’ on Its Strange History
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Why, where on earth could you have made acquaintance with a man called Merl?
"Not in the least," said Merl, rising and stretching his legs.
"I tell you again, I'd not take it as a present," said Merl, half angrily.
"The man who can win at rouge-et-noir can do anything, in my opinion," said Merl.
Well, Merl, what do you say to Sir Spencer's taste in horseflesh?
- Scot another name for the (European) blackbird
- (of a dog, esp a collie) having a bluish-grey coat with speckles or streaks of blackOften called: blue merle
Word Origin and History for merl
"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.