- the blackbird, Turdus merula.
Origin of merle1
- a bluish gray color mottled with black.
- being the color merle.
Origin of merle2
- a male or female given name.
Examples from the Web for merle
The stars kept coming: Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper, Merle Oberon.The Rise of the Malibu Movie Colony
April 29, 2014
Ultimately, that included Andrea, Milton, Merle, and all but one of the adult, able-bodied residents of Woodbury.
And, perhaps most heartbreakingly, Merle died trying to take out the Governor on his own.
I realize now that this story was a major influence on the Merle Zane character in the Niceville series.Carsten Stroud’s Book Bag: My Top Five Horror Classics
July 23, 2013
You hear it in Hank Williams Sr., Merle Haggard, early Dolly Parton, and you hear it in George Jones.George Jones Would Break Your Heart Every Time
April 26, 2013
But suddenly, when they were still some way from the town, Merle stopped and pointed.
Merle was in the pantry, with a big apron on, ranging jars of preserves on the shelves.
Actually remembered my existence, after all, did you, Merle?
Merle sang and yodelled as they went; then Peer sang, and then they all three sang together.
Until at last Merle rose and said: "Now, mother, it's time you went to bed."
- 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 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.