Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fish Merlangius merlangus, endemic to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, western Baltic Sea and Black Sea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The European whiting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small gadoid fish, Merlangus vulgaris, the European whiting.

Etymologies

From Old French merlanke, from Latin merula. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I'm just a merle addict - what could be more amazingly gorgeous than all of that beautiful merling all over his body!

    Camping trip, part 3

  • Never had he seen such a gorgeous array of costumes the velvet capes of the lords; with heraldirc blazons on the back; the gowns of the ladies, belted and fringed with black coral beads, or crystallized merling scales, or rectangular tourmalines, with tiaras to match.

    Trullion: Alastor 2262

  • Under the Trullion starblaze man and merling confronted each other.

    Trullion: Alastor 2262

  • The merling uttered a dismal croak and jumped forward; Glinnes grasped a stave and thrust it at the creature's groin; it sagged away.

    Trullion: Alastor 2262

  • Since that time, his nocturnal hunts for merling had become almost an obsession.

    Trullion: Alastor 2262

  • Glinnes again kicked out and the merling croaked in annoyance.

    Trullion: Alastor 2262

  • Something bumped the bottom of the boat disappointed merling.

    Trullion: Alastor 2262

  • Jut Hulden had gone out to hunt merling once too often; they had laid a cunning trap for him.

    Trullion: Alastor 2262

  • From the reeds camethe croak of nocturnal insects, and water lapped softly against the dock; a merling perhaps had risen to the surface, to listen for interesting sounds.

    Trullion: Alastor 2262

  • Similarly, a merling discovered on land was shown no mercy.

    Trullion: Alastor 2262

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