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merle


noun Chiefly Scot.

  1. the blackbird, Turdus merula.

noun

  1. a bluish gray color mottled with black.

adjective

  1. being the color merle.

noun

  1. a male or female given name.

noun

  1. Scot another name for the (European) blackbird

adjective

  1. (of a dog, esp a collie) having a bluish-grey coat with speckles or streaks of blackOften called: blue 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 Proven├žal and Spanish merla, Portuguese merlo, and Italian merla. Borrowed from French are Middle Dutch and German merle, Dutch meerle.

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