mermaid


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mer·maid

 (mûr′mād′)
n.
A legendary sea creature having the head and upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish.

[Middle English : mere, sea, lake; see mere2 + maid, maid; see maid.]

mermaid

(ˈmɜːˌmeɪd)
n
(European Myth & Legend) an imaginary sea creature fabled to have a woman's head and upper body and a fish's tail
[C14: from mere lake, inlet + maid]

mer•maid

(ˈmɜrˌmeɪd)

n.
(in folklore) a female marine creature, having the upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish.
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mermaid - half woman and half fishmermaid - half woman and half fish; lives in the sea
imaginary being, imaginary creature - a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction
Translations
حُورِيَّةُ الْـمَاءِحوريَّة الماء، عَروس البَحْر
mořská panna
havfrue
merenneito
morska sirenasirena
sellõ
hafmey
人魚
인어
undinė
nāra
morská panna
morska deklica
sjöjungfru
นางเงือก
nàng tiên cá

mermaid

[ˈmɜːmeɪd] Nsirena f

mermaid

[ˈmɜːrmeɪd] nsirène f

mermaid

nNixe f, → See- or Meerjungfrau f

mermaid

[ˈmɜːmeɪd] nsirena

mermaid

(ˈməːmeid) masculine ˈmerman (-man) noun
an imaginary sea creature with a human body down to the waist and a fish's tail.

mermaid

حُورِيَّةُ الْـمَاءِ mořská panna havfrue Meerjungfrau γοργόνα sirena merenneito sirène morska sirena sirena 人魚 인어 meermin havfrue syrena sereia русалка sjöjungfru นางเงือก deniz kızı nàng tiên cá 美人鱼
References in classic literature ?
Well, they went to the bottom, and a nice mermaid welcomed them, but was much grieved on finding the box of headless knights, and kindly pickled them in brine, hoping to discover the mystery about them, for being a woman, she was curious.
Her final employment was to gather seaweed of various kinds, and make herself a scarf or mantle, and a head-dress, and thus assume the aspect of a little mermaid.
But is the Queen a mermaid, to be presented with a tail?
Where would be the use of his bringing us a charade made by a friend upon a mermaid or a shark?
Thus the ancients, observing their soft and expressive looks, which cannot be surpassed by the most beautiful look a woman can give, their clear voluptuous eyes, their charming positions, and the poetry of their manners, metamorphosed them, the male into a triton and the female into a mermaid.
Lord, Lord, in the water she was a mermaid, a sea-goddess.
According to the constitution of mermaids, so much of a mermaid as is not a woman must be a fish.
thus making a moral mermaid of herself, which her once boy-lover contemplated with feelings wherein his sense of the sorrowful and his sense of the comical were curiously blended.
But, according to the success with which you put this and that together, you get a woman and a fish apart, or a Mermaid in combination.
I wonder whether she is a dragon by-the-bye, or something in the mermaid way.
Is it but the mermaids singing deep below the waving waters; or sad spirits, chanting dirges for white corpses, held by seaweed?
They look pretty enough when they sit upon a rock, twanging their harps and combing their hair, and sing, and beckon to you to come and hold the looking-glass; but when they sink into their native element, depend on it, those mermaids are about no good, and we had best not examine the fiendish marine cannibals, revelling and feasting on their wretched pickled victims.