merlin

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noun mer·lin \ˈmər-lən\

Definition of merlin

  1. :  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 and Etymology 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


Merlin

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noun Mer·lin \ˈmər-lən\

Definition of Merlin

  1. :  a prophet and magician in Arthurian legend

Origin and Etymology of merlin

Medieval Latin Merlinus, from Middle Welsh Myrddin


First Known Use: 13th century


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