(in folklore) a female marine creature, having the head, torso, and arms of a woman and the tail of a fish.
a highly skilled female swimmer.
an imaginary sea creature fabled to have a woman’s head and upper body and a fish’s tail
mid-14c., mermayde, literally “maid of the sea,” from Middle English mere “sea, lake” (see mere (n.)) + maid. Old English had equivalent merewif “water-witch” (see wife), meremenn “mermaid, siren.” Tail-less in northern Europe; the fishy form is a medieval influence from classical sirens. A favorite sign of taverns and inns since at least early 15c. (in reference to the inn on Bread Street, Cheapside, London). Mermaid pie (1660s) was “a sucking pig baked whole in a crust.”
A legendary marine creature with the head and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish; the masculine, less well-known equivalent is a merman. Though linked to the classical Sirens, mermaids may be nothing more than sailors’ fanciful reports of the playful antics of dugongs or manatees.
noun 1. an inn formerly located on Bread Street, Cheapside, in the heart of old London: a meeting place and informal club for Elizabethan playwrights and poets.
noun 1. any of several North American, aquatic plants of the genus Proserpinaca, having pinnately dissected leaves either above or below the water.
[mur-man] /ˈmɜrˌmæn/ noun, plural mermen. 1. (in folklore) a male marine creature, having the head, torso, and arms of a man and the tail of a fish. 2. a highly skilled male swimmer. [mur-muh n] /ˈmɜr mən/ noun 1. Ethel (Ethel Agnes Zimmerman) 1909–84, U.S. singer, musical comedy star, and actress. /ˈmɜːˌmæn/ noun (pl) -men […]
[mer-nep-tah, mer-nep-tah] /ˈmɛr nɛpˌtɑ, mərˈnɛp tɑ/ noun 1. king of ancient Egypt c1225–c1215 b.c. (son of Ramses II).