Definition of merlin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɜːlɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɜːrlɪn//
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a small bird of prey (= a bird that kills other creatures for food) of the falcon family See related entries: Birds Word Origin late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French merilun, from Old French esmerillon, form of esmeril, of Germanic origin; related to German Schmerl.

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