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[mur-man] /ˈmɜrˌmæn/

noun, plural mermen.
(in folklore) a male marine creature, having the head, torso, and arms of a man and the tail of a fish.
a highly skilled male swimmer.
[mur-muh n] /ˈmɜr mən/
Ethel (Ethel Agnes Zimmerman) 1909–84, U.S. singer, musical comedy star, and actress.
noun (pl) -men
a male counterpart of the mermaid

c.1600, literally “man of the sea,” from first element in mermaid (q.v.) + man (n.).


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