American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See blackbird.
- adj. Having a reddish or bluish gray coat streaked or speckled with black. Used of certain dogs.
- n. A dog with a merle coat.
- From the taxonomic name; from Latin turdus ("thrush") and merula ("blackbird"), giving rise to the French merle. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin merulus, merula.Perhaps from merle1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It happed after this that a black bird, that is called a merle, came on a time to S. Benet and pecked with his bill at his visage, and grieved and noyed him so much that he could have no rest for it, and could not put it from him, but as soon as he had made the sign of the cross, anon the bird vanished away.”
“The dictionary says it may come from the word "merle," meaning "blackbird.”
“The red merle Australian shepherd was a surprise Eukanuba winner, beating 2,500 other dogs — and five of the top contenders who are invited to compete at Westminster.”
“Page Summary zanate: (no subject) [+0] merle_: (no subject) [+4] sulle_stelle: (no subject) [+1] beartalon: (no subject) [+1]”
“Page Summary epi_lj: (no subject) [+0] merle_: (no subject) [+0] bats22: (no subject) [+2] da_lj: (no subject) [+0]”
“On December 24th, 2009 at 1: 03 pm, tom merle wrote:”
“On December 31st, 2009 at 4: 21 pm, tom merle wrote:”
“On December 18th, 2009 at 6: 06 pm, tom merle wrote:”
“On December 21st, 2009 at 12: 52 am, tom merle wrote:”
“On December 21st, 2009 at 12: 49 pm, tom merle wrote:”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘merle’.
birds with singular names from
at least 9 English dictionaries
Given names that were acceptable for play the last time I checked the OWL.
words that evoke magic, mystery, mayhem, magnificence or anything else that glimmers in the grass
A list of birders' "shorthand" names, traditional nicknames, non-English names, and obsolete names for feathered creatures worldwide.
Interesting blog entry here on naming U.S. birds.
Just what it sounds like. My favorites. Five letters.
These chromonyms are defined as colors in at least one dictionary (mostly MW3). (Actually there's one fake, for reasons I'll explain someday.) They are all one-word nouns such as "kelly", which can...
A work in progress....Birds from around the world (other than endemic to North America).
Words used to describe the color and pattern of mammalian fur.
Looking for tweets for merle.