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Mer·lin

 (mûr′lĭn)
n.
In Arthurian legend, a magician and prophet who served as counselor to King Arthur.

mer·lin

 (mûr′lĭn)
n.
A small falcon (Falco columbarius) of northern regions, having predominantly dark plumage and a black-striped tail. Also called pigeon hawk.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman merilun, from Old French esmerillon, diminutive of esmeril, of Germanic origin.]

merlin

(ˈmɜːlɪn)
n
(Animals) a small falcon, Falco columbarius, that has a dark plumage with a black-barred tail: used in falconry. See also pigeon hawk
[C14: from Old French esmerillon, from esmeril, of Germanic origin]

Merlin

(ˈmɜːlɪn)
n
(European Myth & Legend) (in Arthurian legend) a wizard and counsellor to King Arthur eternally imprisoned in a tree by a woman to whom he revealed his secret craft

mer•lin

(ˈmɜr lɪn)

n.
a small falcon, Falco columbarius, of the Northern Hemisphere, that feeds largely on birds taken in flight. Also called pigeon hawk.
[1350–1400; Middle English merlioun, merlone < Anglo-French merilun, Old French esmerillon, diminutive of esmeril < Germanic; akin to German Schmerl, Old Norse smyrill]

Mer•lin

(ˈmɜr lɪn)

n.
a magician and seer in Arthurian legend.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.merlin - (Arthurian legend) the magician who acted as King Arthur's advisorMerlin - (Arthurian legend) the magician who acted as King Arthur's advisor
Arthurian legend - the legend of King Arthur and his court at Camelot
2.merlin - small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with black-barred tailmerlin - small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with black-barred tail; used in falconry
falcon - diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
Falco, genus Falco - a genus of Falconidae
Translations

merlin

[ˈmɜːlɪn] Nesmerejón m

Merlin

n (Myth) → Merlin m (Zauberer in der keltischen Sage)
References in periodicals archive ?
When the wizard Merlin Ambrosius aspires to rule, he is exiled to the distant Wardlands and forced to leave his infant son Morlock to be raised by a dwarf.
Gwrtheyrn's men found such a boy in Carmarthen, and he turned out to be Myrddin Emrys - Merlin Ambrosius.
The book is a rich source of information on everything from the distinction between Merlin Ambrosius and Merlin Silvester, to the proviso protecting the freedom of the book trade in the 1484 Act in restraint of aliens.