merlin

merlin

[mur-lin]
Also called pigeon hawk.


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

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Merlin

[mur-lin]
noun
1.
Arthurian Romance. a venerable magician and seer.
2.
a male given name.
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merlin (ˈmɜːlɪn)
 
n
See also pigeon hawk a small falcon, Falco columbarius, that has a dark plumage with a black-barred tail: used in falconry
 
[C14: from Old French esmerillon, from esmeril, of Germanic origin]

Merlin (ˈmɜːlɪn)
 
n
(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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merlin
"small, strong European falcon," early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. merilun, an aphetic form of O.Fr. esmerillon (Fr. émerillon), from Frank. *smiril (cf. O.H.G. smerlo, Ger. Schmerl "merlin"). Sp. esmerejon, It. smeriglio also are Germanic loan-words.

Merlin
sorcerer and soothsayer in Arthurian legends, from O.Fr. form of Welsh Myrddhin, probably from O.Celt. *Mori-dunon, lit. "of the sea-hill," from *mori "sea" + dunom "hill."
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Merlin definition


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

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Merlin definition


OS/2

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