Merlin meaning

mûrlĭn
A small falcon (Falco columbarius) of northern regions, having predominantly dark plumage and a black-striped tail.
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A small, dark falcon (Falco columbarius) with a striped, brownish-red breast, of North America and Eurasia.
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(arthurian legend, person, proper) A magician and seer, mentor to King Arthur.
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A small falcon, Falco columbarius, that breeds in northern North America, Europe and Asia.
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A wizard in the Arthurian legend.
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In Arthurian legend, a magician and prophet who served as counselor to King Arthur.
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(biochemistry) A cytoskeletal protein active in the suppression of tumors.
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A fantasy games player recently on the decline.
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Origin of merlin

  • Middle English from Anglo-Norman merilun from Old French esmerillon diminutive of esmeril of Germanic origin

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

  • From Middle English merlone, merlion, marlyon, merlyon, merlinge, from Old French emerillon, esmerillon, from Old Frankish *smiril (“falcon, hawk"), from Proto-Germanic *smirilaz (“falcon, merlin"). Cognate with Old High German smirl (“falcon"), Old Norse smyrill (“falcon").

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin Merlinus, itself from the Old Welsh Myrddin.

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  • From "Moesin-Ezrin-Radixin-Like Protein"

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