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Definition of MERMAID

2 definitions found:

Mermaid \Mer"maid\, n. [AS. mere lake, sea. See {Mere} lake, and {maid}.] A fabled marine creature, typically represented as having the upper part like that of a woman, and the lower like a fish; a sea nymph, sea woman, or woman fish. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Chaucer uses this word as equivalent to the siren of the ancients. [1913 Webster]

     {Mermaid fish} (Zool.) the angel fish ({Squatina}).

     {Mermaid's glove} (Zool.), a British branched sponge somewhat resembling a glove.

     {Mermaid's head} (Zool.), a European spatangoid sea urchin ({Echinocardium cordatum}) having some resemblance to a skull.

     {Mermaid weed} (Bot.), an aquatic herb with dentate or pectinate leaves ({Proserpinaca palustris} and {Proserpinaca pectinacea}). [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

39 Moby Thesaurus words for "mermaid":
     Davy, Davy Jones, Dylan, Neptune, Nereid, Nereus, Oceanid, Oceanus, Poseidon, Thetis, Triton, Varuna, bather, bathing beauty, bathing girl, diver, fresh-water nymph, frogman, kelpie, limniad, man fish, merman, naiad, natator, nix, nixie, ocean nymph, sea devil, sea god, sea nymph, sea-maid, sea-maiden, seaman, siren, swimmer, undine, water god, water spirit, water sprite

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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