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[mur-man] /ˈmɜrˌmæn/
noun, plural mermen.
(in folklore) a male marine creature, having the head, torso, and arms of a man and the tail of a fish.
a highly skilled male swimmer.
Origin of merman
1595-1605; earlier mere-man; see mere2, man1


[mur-muh n] /ˈmɜr mən/
Ethel (Ethel Agnes Zimmerman) 1909–84, U.S. singer, musical comedy star, and actress. Unabridged
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  • The converse of the tale is the well-known legend of the Forsaken merman.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • It is called "The Bell's Hollow," and there dwells the merman.

    The Sand-Hills of Jutland Hans Christian Andersen
  • One day she was sent to the seashore to fetch sand, when a Havmand (merman) rose up out in the sea.

    A Danish Parsonage John Fulford Vicary
  • In spite of all their efforts they could not teach the merman to speak.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • With infinite care the merman fitted two of the cylinders into the canister and then was forced to set the other aside.

    Star Born Andre Norton
  • I've grown a tail if you will; I'm the merman wandering free.

    The Tragic Muse Henry James
  • The pilot remembered the flame-throwers of the aliens and could not see any victory for the merman party.

    Star Born Andre Norton
  • Twere handy t dark when I seed the merman rise from the water.

    Dr. Grenfell's Parish Norman Duncan
  • The fairy queen had made the merman a belt of sea-weed, which he always wore round his body.

British Dictionary definitions for merman


noun (pl) -men
a male counterpart of the mermaid
Word Origin
C17: see mermaid
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Word Origin and History for merman

c.1600, literally "man of the sea," from first element in mermaid (q.v.) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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