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mer·maid's purse (mûr′mādz′)
The rectangular leathery egg case of certain elasmobranch fishes, especially the skates, often found washed up on beaches. Also called 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.
A MERMAID'S PURSE
REGULAR readers will know that I am a great fan of bringing the outside inside.
It is half encased in a pod, rather like a mermaid's purse
, yet I am also aware that I have given birth to it.
Most recent are "Drawing of a Swan Before Memory" (2005, University of Georgia Press) and "Mermaid's Purse
" (Spuytenduyvil, 2005).