mermaid

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Portrait of a mermaid.

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From Middle English mermayde (maid of the sea), from mere (sea, lake) + maid, equivalent to mer- +‎ maid. Compare Old English meremenn, meremennen, meremenin (mermaid, siren).

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mermaid (plural mermaids)

  1. A mythological creature with a woman's head and upper body, and a tail of a fish.

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