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A representation of a bird with either no feet or neither feet nor beak.
A mythical creature with the head and trunk of a lion and the tail of a fish, regarded as the protector of Singapore.
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<br>1970s; earliest use found in Singapore 1973. From mer- + lion.
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