What does Merle mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blackbird, merl, merle, ouzel, ousel, European blackbird, Turdus merulanoun

    common black European thrush


  1. merlenoun

    A type of mottled colouration on dogs.

  2. Etymology: From the taxonomic name; from turdus and merula, giving rise to the merle.


  1. merle

    Merle is a term predominantly used in dog breeding to describe a genetic trait that impacts the coloring of the coat, creating mottled patches of color in a solid or piebald coat. It can also refer to a type of bird colloquially known as the "blackbird" in English, but French name for this bird is merle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Merlenoun

    the European blackbird. See Blackbird

  2. Etymology: [F. merle, L. merula, merulus. Cf. Ousel.]


  1. Merle

    Merle is a pattern in a dog's coat, though is commonly incorrectly referred to as a colour. The merle gene creates mottled patches of color in a solid or piebald coat, blue or odd-colored eyes, and can affect skin pigment as well. Health issues are more typical and more severe when two merles are bred together, so it is recommended that a merle be bred to a dog with a solid coat color only.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Merle

    mėrl, n. the blackbird. [Fr.,—L. merula.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. MERLE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Merle is ranked #20408 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Merle surname appeared 1,302 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Merle.

    80.3% or 1,046 total occurrences were White.
    12.9% or 169 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    3% or 40 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 30 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. merel

  2. elmer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Merle in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Merle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Merle in a Sentence

  1. Merle Haggard:

    I've never been a guy that can do what Merle Haggard told me, it's always been my nature to fight the system.

  2. Royceann Porter:

    Today was touching and I am so happy, it was amazing to include Lulu Merle Johnson's family in the recognition. I look forward to taking students to Gravity for the annual civil rights trip so they can learn more about her legacy.

  3. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards:

    I can't remember when I haven't listened to Merle Haggard, some of the best songs and best delivery you can get.

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