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mermaid (plural mermaids)
- A mythological creature with a woman's head and upper body, and a tail of a fish.
- (as a modifier) Coloured a brilliant turquoise.
- mermaid smoothie
- (obsolete) A prostitute.
- 1601 (first performance), Thomas Dekker, Satiro-mastix. Or The Vntrussing of the Humorous Poet. […], London: […] [Edward Allde] for Edward White, […], published 1602, OCLC 837266771, signature H2, recto:
- A Gentleman or an honeſt Cittizen, ſhall not Sit in your pennie-bench Theaters, vvith his Squirrell by his ſide cracking nuttes; nor ſneake into a Tauerne vvith his Mermaid; but he ſhall be Satyr'd and Epigram'd vpon, and his humour muſt run vpo'th Stage: […]
mythological woman with a fish’s tail