A representation of a bird with either no feet or neither feet nor beak. Compare "martlet", merlette .
Late 15th century; earliest use found in Chartier's Traité de l'Esperance. Apparently a variant of merlin, although used in the sense of merlette.
A mythical creature with the head and trunk of a lion and the tail of a fish, regarded as the protector of Singapore.
1970s; earliest use found in Singapore 1973. From mer- + lion.