what is difference between blackbird and merle
From Middle English blakebird, blacbrid (“ouzel; Eurasian blackbird”), equivalent to black + bird.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈblakbəːd/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈblækˌbɚd/
blackbird (plural blackbirds)
- A common true thrush, Turdus merula, found in woods and gardens over much of Eurasia, and introduced elsewhere.
- A variety of New World birds of the family Icteridae (26 species of icterid bird).
- (slang, derogatory, historical, among slavers and pirates) A native of the South Pacific islands.
- (Turdus merula): common blackbird; Eurasian blackbird; merle, merl; ouzel
- (Icteridae): icterid
blackbird (third-person singular simple present blackbirds, present participle blackbirding, simple past and past participle blackbirded)
- To enslave someone, especially through chicanery or force
- 2005, Wal F. Bird, Me No Go Mally Bulla: Recruiting and Blackbirding in the Queensland Labour Trade 1863–1906, published by Ginninderra Press, →ISBN, →ISBN
- 2000, Kate Fortune and Brij V. Lal, The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia – Volume 1, published by University of Hawaiʻi, p. 208, →ISBN
- “At the same time, island communities — especially in coastal areas, where the effect of population loss was often enormous — sometimes retaliated against blackbirding raids.”
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- Icterid on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- (UK) IPA(key): /mɜːl/
- (US) IPA(key): /mɝl/
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)l
From Middle English merle, from Old French merle (French merle), from Latin merula (“blackbird”) (whence the directly borrowed Middle English merule, and compare the taxonomic name Turdus merula), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂mes- (“black, blackbird”). Confer Breton moualch (“ouzel”), Welsh mwyalch (“blackbird, thrush”). Distantly related to the synonymous ouzel.
merle (plural merles)
- The Eurasian blackbird, Turdus merula.
- Any blackbird.
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- A type of mottled colouration on dogs.
- Elmer, Lemer
From Latin merula, the word for the male blackbird being mostly female until the 16th century. Probable influence of the Late Latin masculine form merulus (compare Italian merlo, Spanish mirlo).
- IPA(key): /mɛʁl/
merle m (plural merles, feminine merlesse or merlette)
- Eurasian blackbird (Turdus merula)
- (blackbird): (Louisiana) tchoque
- faute de grives on mange des merles
- grossier merle
- merle blanc
- merle d’Amérique
- plural of merla