merle

1 [murl]
Also, merl.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English merule < Middle French < Latin merulus, merula ousel, blackbird

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merle

2 [murl]
noun
1.
a bluish gray color mottled with black.
adjective
2.
being the color merle.

Origin:
1900–05; origin uncertain

Merle

[murl]
noun
a male or female given name.
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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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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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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.
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