merle1

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

merle2

[murl] /mɜrl/
noun
1.
a bluish gray color mottled with black.
adjective
2.
being the color merle.
Origin
1900–05; origin uncertain

Merle

[murl] /mɜrl/
noun
1.
a male or female given name.
Example Sentences for merle
The reason is because the merle gene is linked to blindness and deafness.
He developed this style from listening to merle travis occasionally on a primitive radio.
British Dictionary definitions for merle
merle or merl1 (mɜːl, Scottish mɛrl, mɜːl, Scottish mɛrl)
 
n
(Scot) another name for the (European) blackbird
 
[C15: via Old French from Latin merula]
 
merl or merl1
 
n
 
[C15: via Old French from Latin merula]

merle2 (mɜːl)
 
adj
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 and History for merle
merle
"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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