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merlin

[ mur-lin ]
/ ˈmɜr lɪn /
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noun
a small, bold falcon, Falco columbarius, of the Northern Hemisphere.
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Also called pigeon hawk.

Origin of merlin

1350–1400; Middle English merlioun, merlone<Anglo-French merilun,Old French esmerillon, diminutive of esmeril<Germanic; akin to German Schmerl,Old Norse smyrill

Other definitions for merlin (2 of 2)

Merlin
[ mur-lin ]
/ ˈmɜr lɪn /

noun
Arthurian Romance. a venerable magician and seer.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for merlin (1 of 2)

merlin
/ (ˈmɜːlɪn) /

noun
a small falcon, Falco columbarius, that has a dark plumage with a black-barred tail: used in falconrySee also pigeon hawk

Word Origin for merlin

C14: from Old French esmerillon, from esmeril, of Germanic origin

British Dictionary definitions for merlin (2 of 2)

Merlin
/ (ˈmɜːlɪn) /

noun
(in Arthurian legend) a wizard and counsellor to King Arthur eternally imprisoned in a tree by a woman to whom he revealed his secret craft
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Cultural definitions for merlin

Merlin

In the legends of King Arthur (see also Arthur), a magician who acts as Arthur's principal adviser.

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