Merle meaning

mûrl
Having a coat with irregular streaks or speckles of a contrasting color. Used of certain dogs.
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The European blackbird Turdus merula; any blackbird.
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A type of mottled colouration on dogs.
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A surname of French origin.
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A male given name transferred from the surname.
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A female given name.
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A dog with a merle coat.
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Origin of merle

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin merulus, merula

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from merle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the taxonomic name; from Latin turdus (“thrush") and merula (“blackbird"), giving rise to the French merle, from Proto-Indo-European *ams- (“black, blackbird"), see also Breton moualch (“ouzel"), Welsh mwyalch (“blackbird, thrush"), English ouzel

    From Wiktionary

  • English 19th century bird name from merle, blackbird, possibly also a variant of Muriel, Merrill, etc.

    From Wiktionary

  • From French Merle.

    From Wiktionary