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 ?
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.
I wonder whether she is a dragon by-the-bye, or something in the mermaid way.
Where would be the use of his bringing us a charade made by a friend upon a mermaid or a shark?
According to the constitution of mermaids, so much of a mermaid as is not a woman must be a fish.
But is the Queen a mermaid, to be presented with a tail?
Lord, Lord, in the water she was a mermaid, a sea-goddess.
She eluded me like the mermaid she was, and I saw the laughter on her face as she fled.
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.
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.
As they drew nearer, and I watched the rising and sinking of their forms, and beheld the uplifted right arm bearing above the water the girdle of tappa, and their long dark hair trailing beside them as they swam, I almost fancied they could be nothing else than so many mermaids--and very like mermaids they behaved too.
The ship taken, we could not do otherwise than yield ourselves prisoners, and for the whole period that she remained in the bay, the Dolly, as well as her crew, were completely in the hands of the mermaids.
Is it but the mermaids singing deep below the waving waters; or sad spirits, chanting dirges for white corpses, held by seaweed?