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merman

[mur-man] /ˈmɜrˌmæn/
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
1595-1605; earlier mere-man; see mere2, man1

Merman

[mur-muh n] /ˈmɜr mən/
noun
1.
Ethel (Ethel Agnes Zimmerman) 1909–84, U.S. singer, musical comedy star, and actress.
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British Dictionary definitions for merman

merman

/ˈmɜːˌmæn/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a male counterpart of the mermaid
Word Origin
C17: see mermaid
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Word Origin and History for merman
n.

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

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Encyclopedia Article for merman

mermaid

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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