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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), German 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



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