merlin

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mer·lin

noun \ˈmər-lən\

Definition of MERLIN

:  a small compact falcon (Falco columbarius) of the northern hemisphere having a broad dark terminal band on the tail and upperparts that are slate blue in males and brown in females

Origin of MERLIN

Middle English merlioun, from Anglo-French merilun, alteration of esmerilun, augmentative of Old French esmeril, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German smiril merlin
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with MERLIN

Mer·lin

noun \ˈmər-lən\

Definition of MERLIN

:  a prophet and magician in Arthurian legend

Origin of MERLIN

Medieval Latin Merlinus, from Middle Welsh Myrddin
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with MERLIN

merlin

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Merlin (Falco columbarius).—Eric Hosking

Small blue-gray falcon (Falco columbarius, family Falconidae), with a narrowly white-banded tail, found at high latitudes in Canada, the western U.S. south to Colorado, the British Isles, Scandinavia, and Iceland. Most migrate to just south of the breeding range, but some go as far as northern South America. The merlin inhabits wet, open country or conifer and birch woods. It usually lays its eggs on the ground in bushes, but may occupy an old rook or magpie nest in a tree. An aggressive hunter, it was once much used in falconry.

Variants of MERLIN

merlin or pigeon hawk

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