Perhaps from Proto-Italic *meselā, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ems- (black, blackbird), if such a term existed, see also Breton moualch (ouzel), Welsh mwyalch (blackbird, thrush), English Amsel, English ouzel



merula f (genitive merulae); first declension

  1. blackbird
  2. wrasse


First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative merula merulae
Genitive merulae merulārum
Dative merulae merulīs
Accusative merulam merulās
Ablative merulā merulīs
Vocative merula merulae



  • merula in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • merula in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • merula in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • merula in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • merula in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • merula in William Smith, editor (1848) A Dictionary of Greek Biography and Mythology, London: John Murray
  • merula in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly