• WordNet 3.6
    • n merlin small falcon of Europe and America having dark plumage with black-barred tail; used in falconry
    • n Merlin (Arthurian legend) the magician who acted as King Arthur's advisor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Merlin (Zoöl) A small European falcon (Falco columbarius, syn. Falco lithofalco, or Falco æsalon). In North America called also pigeon hawk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n merlin A kind of hawk; a falcon of small size, belonging to the genus Falco, and to that section of the genus called Æsalon or Hypotriorchis. There are several species, the bestknown of which is the European merlin, stone-falcon, or sparrow-hawk, F. regulus, F. æsalon, or F. lithofalco, one of the smallest of the European birds of prey, but very spirited. Though only 10 or 12 inches long, and thus not much larger than a thrush, it has been used in hawking for quails, larks, and other small game. The corresponding falcon of North America is Richardson's merlin, F. richardsoni, a near relative of the common pigeon-hawk of the same country, F. columbarius.
    • n merlin A hardy, active pony, somewhat larger than the Shetland, found in Wales.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Merlin mėr′lin a species of small hawk.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. merlion, F. émerillon, ; cf. OHG. smirl, G. schmerl, ; prob. fr. L. merula, blackbird. Cf. Merle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. émerillon, prob. from L. merula.


In literature:

It is quite true that people generally began to hear about Merlin and Morgane at that time.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
The publisher says the public demand to know who Merlin Shepperd is.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
Merlin was a King in early Britain; he was also an Enchanter.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
The Duke's majordomo had played the part of Merlin, and he it was who induced a page to appear as Dulcinea.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Goldmark's opera "Merlin" presented at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City, under Walter Damrosch.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
The small but bold Hawk called the Merlin also courses in relays in exactly the same manner.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
Oh, I envy thee those trees, brother Merlin, and their fresh waving.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
After that, folks stopped speakin' to Merlin and company.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
It is a Merlin's prison!
"A Modern Symposium" by G. Lowes Dickinson
At length Merlin rose to depart, and gave the damsel courteous good-day.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence

In poetry:

Then they drew that witched sword,
And they heard the armour ring!
They wav'd it twice in Merlin's name
Before they touch'd the king ....
"The Prophecy Of Merlin" by Anne Bannerman
In low and broken tones they spoke,
Till the fourth hour ceas'd to ring:...
That monk had Merlin's giant form,
The other was the king ....
"The Prophecy Of Merlin" by Anne Bannerman
Those sleepless nights he watch'd alone,
When the damps of midnight fell!
That voice, of more than human tone,
He heard in Merlin's cell ;
"The Prophecy Of Merlin" by Anne Bannerman
He thought on what the fiend pronounc'd,
That Merlin's spirit brought;
And he fix'd his eyes on that ladie's face,
And trembled at the thought ....
"The Prophecy Of Merlin" by Anne Bannerman
I have been Merlin wandering in the woods
Of a far country, where the winds waken
Unnatural voices, my mind broken
By a sudden acquaintance with man's rage.
"Taliesin" by R S Thomas
First I knowed Casey him an' me was young,
An' many a yard we h'isted, an' many a stave we sung
In Macfarlane's clipper Merlin, skysail-yarder, her as come
Round in ninety days from 'Frisco, first of all the grain fleet 'ome.
"Casey An' Me" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

He was born Aug 4, 1931 in Howland, a son of the late Merlin H and Blanche (White) Valot Sr.
Syfy Picks Up ' Merlin ' for Season 4.
Merlin was born in Pocatello, Idaho to Joseph (Shorty) Edward and Eliza Ann Jackson Southworth.
Lockheed Martin, Thales Ink Merlin Support Deal.
You'll find them on the menu at Merlin 's, too.
Three chances to win a ' Merlin : The Complete First Season' DVD.
" Merlin " is in no way a typical NBC summer show, which I consider a high compliment.
The Merlin of the Meadowlands.
AgustaWestland has won a 25-year deal to support the UK fleet of Merlin Mk1 maritime and Mk 3 transport helicopters.
The integrated Merlin operational support (IMOS) contract will be worth €450 million ($832 million) in the first five years.
Eurofin, the specialist ship finance adviser, has launched its specialist ship investment fund vehicle, Merlin Tankers Inc The new company has purchased two 38,000 dwt tankers which will be dedicated to the vegetable oil trades.
Merlin "Eager" Robert Martinson, age 70, of Dassel, and formerly of Cokato, passed away Thursday, Oct 24, 2002, at home in Dassel after a brief battle with cancer.
Merlin 's principal business is the facilities management of communications operations, primarily for the BBC in relation to the BBC World Service and for the Ministry of Defense (MOD).
When they returned home, his father, Vyvyan Holland, quietly slid a book into Merlin 's hands and said, "I suppose it's time you read this.".
Creole Lunch House's Merline Herbert is a soul food wizard.

In science:

Here we present the Chandra observations, together with unpublished archival MERLIN 1.4 GHz data and a re-extraction of the fluxes from the HST F555W image (Scarpa et al 1999).
Detection of an X-ray jet in 3C 371 with Chandra
Also shown for comparison on the same scale are the images of the jet in the optical (middle) and radio (bottom), from our HST and MERLIN data.
Detection of an X-ray jet in 3C 371 with Chandra
Comparison with the optical and radio morphology from a reanalysis of archival HST and MERLIN data shows that the peak X-ray emission from the jet does not coincide with the brightest knot at longer wavelengths.
Detection of an X-ray jet in 3C 371 with Chandra
For the MERLIN image, we summed the clean components within the specified apertures within the (u,v) plane rather than the image plane.
Detection of an X-ray jet in 3C 371 with Chandra
We also thank Anita Richards for helpful discussions and for performing the initial calibration of the archive MERLIN data, Alan Pedlar for permission to use this data, and Dan Homan for the PGPLOT script used to produce Figure 1.
Detection of an X-ray jet in 3C 371 with Chandra