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  • When the Seattle-basedcompany first began, the logo consisted of a twin-tailed siren or a melusine.

    Starbucks and the Censored Mermaid « Colleen Anderson

  • Starbucks rejected that, saying its name and curious melusine trademark were registered in China beginning in 1996.

    Schultz' Starbucks Wins China Copyright Case

  • Now Wikipedia says a melusine lives in fresh water, which makes no sense for Seattle, but I'll just trust that Starbucks has figured out a way around that, or some competing myth.

    chron.com Chronicle

  • This site has an old image of the melusine with her extremities posed similar to the Starbucks logo....perhaps they borrowed from this to design theirs.

    chron.com Chronicle

  • Now Wikipedia says a melusine lives in fresh water, which makes no sense for Seattle, but I'll just trust that Starbucks has figured out a way around that, or some competing myth. nixie -- has two tails, and I'll make you read the Slate piece to figure out why that's more adaptive than being a mermaid, reproduction-wise.

    chron.com Chronicle

  • The image also had a rough visual texture and has been likened to a melusine.

    iToot Stream

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  • Here's what I found: "Melusine is sometimes used as a heraldic figure, typically in German and Scandinavian Coats of arms, where she supports one scaly tail in each arm. She may appear crowned. The Coat of Arms of Warsaw features a siren (identified in Polish as a syrenka) very much like a depiction of Melusine, brandishing a sword and shield."

    And: "Melusine is a figure of European legends and folklore, a feminine spirit of fresh waters in sacred springs and rivers. She is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish (much like a mermaid) from the waist down. She is also sometimes illustrated with wings, two tails or both, and sometimes referred to as a nixie."

    February 5, 2007

  • Is there another definition of what type of creature this is/was?

    A silky, long-haired felt, used for making hats. Usage: 1908 Westm. Gaz. 24 Oct. 19/2 The Parisienne's latest love in millinery is the hat of silky beaver felt that she calls melusine. (from OED online)

    Such a purty word!

    February 5, 2007