Monday, February 27, 2006

mer-what?!?!?!

YS: This is from the Oxford English dictionary online. Yes, they're listed in that order.

MERLION, n.
Brit.
/mln/, U.S. /mrlin/, /mrljn/

1. Heraldry.
A representation of a bird with either no feet or neither feet nor beak. Cf. MARTLET n.2 2, MERLETTE n.

2. Obs.
Perh.: a hood or other attachment for a clerical robe.

3. A mythical creature with the head and trunk of a lion and the tail of a fish, regarded as the protector of Singapore.

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