1 [murl]
noun Chiefly Scot.
the blackbird, Turdus merula.
Also, merl.

1350–1400; Middle English merule < Middle French < Latin merulus, merula ousel, blackbird Unabridged
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merle or merl1 (mɜːl, Scottish mɛrl, mɜːl, Scottish mɛrl)
(Scot) another name for the (European) blackbird
[C15: via Old French from Latin merula]
merl or merl1
[C15: via Old French from Latin merula]

merle2 (mɜːl)
Often called: blue merle (of a dog, esp a collie) having a bluish-grey coat with speckles or streaks of black
[C20: from dialect mirlet, mirly speckled]

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Word Origin & History

"blackbird," late 15c., from Fr. merle, from L. merulus "blackbird." The word owes its survival in modern times to its use by Scottish poets.
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