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 (mûr′măn′, -mən)
A legendary sea creature having the head and upper body of a man and the tail of a fish.

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n, pl -men
(European Myth & Legend) a male counterpart of the mermaid
[C17: see mermaid]
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n., pl. -men.
(in folklore) a male marine creature, having the head, torso, and arms of a man and the tail of a fish.
[1595–1605; earlier mere-man; see mere2, man]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Merman - United States singer who appeared in several musical comedies (1909-1984)
2.merman - half man and half fishmerman - half man 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
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[ˈmɜːmæn] N (mermen (pl)) → tritón m
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n pl <-men> → Nix m, → Wassergeist m
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References in classic literature ?
But Juno, when she saw him, knew that he and the old merman's daughter, silver-footed Thetis, had been hatching mischief, so she at once began to upbraid him.
Still, I have a strong misgiving that the old merman's daughter Thetis has been talking you over, for she was with you and had hold of your knees this self-same morning.
Descending into the sea again after dinner, and ascending out of it at the Opera staircase, preceded by one of their gondoliers, like an attendant Merman, with a great linen lantern, they entered their box, and Mr Sparkler entered on an evening of agony.
The Merman with his light was ready at the box-door, and other Mermen with other lights were ready at many of the doors.
While I was battering away at the pyramid, a sort of badger-haired old merman, with a hump on his back, takes me by the shoulders, and slews me round.
{112} Now there is in Ithaca a haven of the old merman Phorcys, which lies between two points that break the line of the sea and shut the harbour in.
This is the haven of the old merman Phorcys, and here is the olive tree that grows at the head of it; [near it is the cave sacred to the Naiads;] {122} here too is the overarching cavern in which you have offered many an acceptable hecatomb to the nymphs, and this is the wooded mountain Neritum."
A mass of timber on its head, carved into the dim and distant semblance of a cocked hat, together with a representation of a star on the left breast and epaulettes on the shoulders, denoted that it was intended for the effigy of some famous admiral; but, without those helps, any observer might have supposed it the authentic portrait of a distinguished merman, or great sea-monster.
He yelled and swam lustily like a merman, keeping up with the ship.
Owen faced off with SoCal's Mike Merman in his opening round and rolled 21-13, 21-1.
Militants to parade SONA 'sea monster' !-- -- Rhodina Villanueva (The Philippine Star) - July 21, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines A merman to be called "Duter-syokoy" will be presented by militant groups when President Duterte delivers his State of the Nation Address (SONA) tomorrow.
| A company in France is cashing in on the Little Mermaid trend and has organised the world's first Merman pageant, including a swimming competition, a swimsuit contest and a photoshoot.