There are 2 definitions of Merlin in English:


Syllabification: Mer·lin
Pronunciation: /ˈmərlən
  • (In Arthurian legend) a magician who aided and supported King Arthur.

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There are 2 definitions of Merlin in English:


Syllabification: mer·lin


  • A small dark falcon that hunts small birds, found throughout most of Eurasia and much of North America. Also called pigeon hawk.
    • Falco columbarius, family Falconidae
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    • As well as grouse watching, Dan and his colleagues also give informal tours around the reserve for young ornithologists keen to spot merlins, buzzards and ospreys.
    • They include pine marten, wildcat, stoat and weasel as well as golden eagles, merlin, peregrine falcon, golden plover and in time black grouse and capercaillie.
    • Fall, of course, is the best time to see migrants: peregrine falcons, merlins, and flocks of tree swallows at Assateague; northern gannets just offshore; and plenty of Canadian and snow geese soaring above.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French merilun, from Old French esmerillon, augmentative of esmeril, of Germanic origin; related to German Schmerl.

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