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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
mermaid
noun
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▪ A mermaid with dark, tangled hair.
▪ At Starbucks' corporate headquarters, the signature mermaid placard toppled into the parking lot below.
▪ It's a spell, you see, the mermaid has the power to cast spells.
▪ Should you glimpse topless mermaids ... just look the other way.
▪ The lobby is graced with a fountain bearing a crystal mermaid.
▪ There was a mermaid there, too.
▪ Two flannels, draped across this, were mermaids, who swam and flopped and basked on islands of flesh.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Mermaid

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.

Note: Chaucer uses this word as equivalent to the siren of the ancients.

Mermaid fish (Zo["o]l.) the angel fish ( Squatina).

Mermaid's glove (Zo["o]l.), a British branched sponge somewhat resembling a glove.

Mermaid's head (Zo["o]l.), 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).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mermaid

mid-14c., mermayde, literally "maid of the sea," from Middle English mere "sea, lake" (see mere (n.)) + maid. Old English had equivalent merewif "water-witch" (see wife), meremenn "mermaid, siren." Tail-less in northern Europe; the fishy form is a medieval influence from classical sirens. A favorite sign of taverns and inns since at least early 15c. (in reference to the inn on Bread Street, Cheapside, London). Mermaid pie (1660s) was "a sucking pig baked whole in a crust."

Wiktionary
mermaid

n. A mythological creature with a woman's head and upper body, and a tail of a fish.

WordNet
mermaid

n. half woman and half fish; lives in the sea

Wikipedia
Mermaid

A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.

The male equivalent of the mermaid is the merman, also a familiar figure in folklore and heraldry. Although traditions about and sightings of mermen are less common than those of mermaids, they are generally assumed to co-exist with their female counterparts.

Some of the attributes of mermaids may have been influenced by the Sirens of Greek mythology. Historical accounts of mermaids, such as those reported by Christopher Columbus during his exploration of the Caribbean, may have been inspired by manatees and similar aquatic mammals. While there is no evidence that mermaids exist outside of folklore, reports of mermaid sightings continue to the present day, including 21st century examples from Israel and Zimbabwe.

Mermaids have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries, such as in Hans Christian Andersen's well-known fairy tale " The Little Mermaid" (1836). They have subsequently been depicted in operas, paintings, books, films and comics.

Mermaid (disambiguation)

A mermaid is believed to be a creature with the upper body of a woman and the lower body of a fish.

Mermaid (Hitomi Shimatani song)

"Mermaid" is the second single from Japanese pop singer Hitomi Shimatani's fifth studio album, Heart & Symphony, and her eighteenth single overall. "Mermaid" is described as a mixture between dance, pop, and has some presumably gothic undertones due to the "dark" sound of the song and the organ and harpsichord used in parts of the song. The b-side, 風の降る空 (Kaze no Furu Sora) is a symphonic ballad, incorporating a string section, piano, and an acoustic guitar.

The single hit #18 on the Oricon charts and is reported to have sold around 20,500 copies.

Mermaid (dinghy)

The Do-it-yourself Mermaid is an 11 foot (3.4m) plywood sailing dinghy designed by Roger Hancock in 1962. Usually built at home, it is suitable for a crew of two or three. It can be sailed, rowed or motored and can be trailed or car-topped. The boat is gunter rigged, with one size of jib. A spinnaker is used for racing.

Mermaid (2000 film)

Mermaid, released in 2000, is a television movie based on the real-life story of Desiree Leanne Gill as she learns to accept her father's death.

Mermaid (Ninurta)

the Mermaid (from Sumerian Kuli-ana: mermaid) in Sumerian mythology was one of the Heroes slain by Ninurta, patron god of Lagash, in ancient Iraq. Her body was hung on the foot-board of Ninurta's chariot (lines 55-63 [http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/etcsl.cgi?text=t.1.6.1#]).

Mermaid (2007 film)

Mermaid ( Russian: Русалка, Rusalka) is a Russian 2007 comedy-drama film directed and written by Anna Melikyan. It is a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. It was a box office success in Russia, won numerous awards and was selected as Russia's official submission to Foreign-Language Film category for the 2009 Academy Awards.

Mermaid (Train song)

"Mermaid" is a song by American pop rock band Train from their sixth studio album, California 37. It was released as a single on December 27, 2012. The song was written by Pat Monahan, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen and produced by Espionage, Butch Walker.

Mermaid (Roy Lichtenstein)

Mermaid (sometimes The Mermaid) is a 1979 outdoor sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein, composed of concrete, steel, polyurethane, enamel, palm tree, and water. It is located in Miami Beach at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. Measuring 640 cm × 730 cm × 330 cm (252 in × 288 in × 132 in), it is his first public art commission according to some sources, although others point to a temporary pavilion that predates this work. It is also the second piece of public art in the city of Miami Beach. Since the sculpture was installed, it has been restored several times, and the theater that it accompanies has been restored and renamed twice.

Mermaid (Carl-Nielsen)

Mermaid ( Danish: Havfrue) is a bronze sculpture designed by the Danish sculptor Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen, depicting a mermaid. The original bronze cast from 1921 is on display in the Danish National Gallery while another cast was installed at Christians Brygge outside the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen in 2009. The original plaster model is owned by the Carl Nielsen Museum and is on display in the Funen Art Museum in Odense. Carl-Nielsen depicts her mermaid in a more dramatic pose than that of Edvard Eriksen's far more famous and nine years older Little Mermaid at Copenhagen's Langelinie prommendade.

Usage examples of "mermaid".

He had told the mermaid story over half the town already, but no story was truly told until it was told in the Fishing Moon.

She sang in some strange mermaid tongue, unknown to me and unknown, likely, to any living man.

You know yourselves of the ancient oaken chair in Talland Church, with the mermaid carved upon its side.

Some say that a mermaid is a symbol of vanity and lust, sins of which man must ever be wary.

If the mermaid was not a lure or distraction, then she could be used to frighten Foweather from his course.

As long as he was stunned by his sighting, as long as they could keep him fascinated by the possibility that a mermaid lurked offshore, they might be able to either push or pull him where they pleased.

We have him all but convinced that this mermaid has come to shore in search of a husband.

If we had you to sing the role of mermaid at specific times, we could ensure that no one got caught and sent to jail.

For all her repulsion at the idea of playing a bare-breasted mermaid, even worse was the idea of going back to Bugg.

Hilde still refused to give her approval to it, but when Konstanze started making her own designs for a mermaid costume, the maid had been unable to resist taking charge.

There was not a bare bosom to be seen, each and every mermaid modestly covered.

If any of you accidentally let on that the mermaid is anything but real, it is liable to fall apart.

Have you ever once seen a depiction of a mermaid where you did not see both her nipples?

Tom cued her to stop singing and then gave another of those splashes of the oar against the water, as if the mermaid were diving.

Preventive boat drew closer, the voices of the men hushed, growing more uncertain as the minutes ticked by with no mermaid song.