mermaid's purse


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mer·maid's purse

(mûr′mādz′)
n.
The rectangular leathery egg case of certain elasmobranch fishes, especially the skates, often found washed up on beaches. Also called sea purse.

mermaid's purse

n
(Zoology) another name for sea purse
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Her story The Mermaid's Purse was partly inspired by her own childhood memories and love of the beach, and has a deliberately shocking ending to contrast with the rest of her story.
Look among the seaweed for the "mermaid's purse" which is actually the empty egg case of a ray or dog fish.
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Most recent are "Drawing of a Swan Before Memory" (2005, University of Georgia Press) and "Mermaid's Purse" (Spuytenduyvil, 2005).