merman

merman

[mur-man]
noun, plural mermen.
1.
(in folklore) a male marine creature, having the head, torso, and arms of a man and the tail of a fish.
2.
a highly skilled male swimmer.

Origin:
1595–1605; earlier mere-man; see mere2, man1

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Merman

[mur-muhn]
noun
Ethel (Ethel Agnes Zimmerman) 1909–84, U.S. singer, musical comedy star, and actress.
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merman (ˈmɜːˌmæn)
 
n , pl -men
a male counterpart of the mermaid
 
[C17: see mermaid]

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merman

a fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a human being and the tail of a fish. Similar divine or semidivine beings appear in ancient mythologies (e.g., the Chaldean sea god Ea, or Oannes). In European folklore, mermaids (sometimes called sirens) and mermen were natural beings who, like fairies, had magical and prophetic powers. They loved music and often sang. Though very long-lived, they were mortal and had no souls

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