Main definitions of merlion in English

: merlion1merlion2

merlion1

(also marlion)

noun

Heraldry
  • A representation of a bird with either no feet or neither feet nor beak. Compare "martlet", merlette .

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

merlion

/ˈməːlɪən/

Main definitions of merlion in English

: merlion1merlion2

merlion2

noun

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

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in Singapore 1973. From mer- + lion.

Pronunciation

merlion

/ˈməːˌlʌɪən/