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merle1

[murl] /mɜrl/
noun, Chiefly Scot.
1.
the blackbird, Turdus merula.
Also, merl.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English merule < Middle French < Latin merulus, merula ousel, blackbird
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British Dictionary definitions for merl

merle1

/mɜːl; Scottish mɛrl/
noun
1.
(Scot) another name for the (European) blackbird
Word Origin
C15: via Old French from Latin merula

merle2

/mɜːl/
adjective
1.
(of a dog, esp a collie) having a bluish-grey coat with speckles or streaks of black Often called blue merle
Word Origin
C20: from dialect mirlet, mirly speckled
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Word Origin and History for merl

merle

n.

"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.

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