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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
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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 mermen

merman

n.

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

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