American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small falcon (Falco columbarius) of northern regions, having predominantly dark plumage and a black-striped tail. Also called pigeon hawk.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of hawk; a falcon of small size, belonging to the genus Falco, and to that section of the genus called Æsalon or Hypotriorchis. There are several species, the bestknown of which is the European merlin, stone-falcon, or sparrow-hawk, F. regulus, F. æsalon, or F. lithofalco, one of the smallest of the European birds of prey, but very spirited. Though only 10 or 12 inches long, and thus not much larger than a thrush, it has been used in hawking for quails, larks, and other small game. The corresponding falcon of North America is Richardson's merlin, F. richardsoni, a near relative of the common pigeon-hawk of the same country, F. columbarius.
- n. A hardy, active pony, somewhat larger than the Shetland, found in Wales.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A small European falcon (Falco columbarius, syn. Falco lithofalco, or Falco æsalon). In North America called also
- n. small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with black-barred tail; used in falconry
- n. (Arthurian legend) the magician who acted as King Arthur's advisor
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman merilun, from Old French esmerillon, diminutive of esmeril, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The merlin was a type of falcon well adapted to a lady's purpose, and hawking parties were common among the Norman-English families of the neighborhood -- often including dames and demoiselles who flew their own falcons.”
“She, who never cared for any table of precedence in her life, even where the higher animals were concerned, would only undertake to remember that the merlin was a lady's hawk, and this only upon condition, that she should have one to sit upon her wrist like the fair ladies in Wouvermans 'pictures.”
“Why," said Alleyne, "a merlin is a bird of the same form as an eagle or”
“Why," said Alleyne, "a merlin is a bird of the same form as an eagle or a falcon.”
“I may soon delete the blog from my favorites. on August 13, 2009 at 1: 17 pm merlin”
“Just a question … on August 13, 2009 at 1: 19 pm merlin”
“In the five years since we came here, I have recorded eight species of raptor flying over the garden, including hobby, peregrine, merlin, osprey and marsh harrier.”
“Posted on May 08, 2010 under SF News | No Comment merlin, emma, north&south, dr who emma (2009. mostly romola garai), merlin (both S1 and S2), north&south, doctor who.”
“« Dr. Who and Torchwood | Plastic and Plush/good_fanicons: merlin, emma, north&south, dr who »”
“« Former Dr Who considers comedy: The Beatles And Their Music/Metal Bike Company: dr. who 302 shakespeare witch » takenote_icons: merlin, emma, north&south, dr who”
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birds with singular names from
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Given names that were acceptable for play the last time I checked the OWL.
Birds endemic to the United States and/or North America.
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