merle

noun (1)
\ ˈmər(-ə)l \
variants: or less commonly merl

Definition of merle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

merle

noun (2)

Definition of merle (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bluish or reddish gray mixed with splotches of black that is the color of the coats of some dogs

First Known Use of merle

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for merle

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin merulus; akin to Old English ōsle blackbird, Old High German amsla

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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