Merl is the Scottish name for the common blackbird.
An example of merl is an all black bird with a yellow beak and yellow eye rings.
Archaic the European black thrush (Turdus merula)
Origin of merlMiddle English merle from Old French from Late Latin merulus from Classical Latin merula, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form (a)mes- from source Old English osle, German amsel
- Alternative form of merle (blackbird)