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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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈməː.meɪd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɝ.meɪd/
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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.
  2. (as a modifier) Coloured a brilliant turquoise.
    mermaid smoothie
  3. (obsolete) A prostitute.
    • 1602, Dekker, Thomas, Satiromastix, act 4, scene 2:
      A gentleman, or an honest citizen shall not sit in your penny-bench theaters, with his squirrel by his side cracking nuts; nor sneak into a tavern with his mermaid; but he shall be satir'd and epigramm'd upon []

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