American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A legendary sea creature having the head and upper body of a man and the tail of a fish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabulous man of the sea, with the lower part of the body that of a fish.
- n. In heraldry, same as triton.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The male corresponding to
mermaid; a sea man, or man fish.
- n. United States singer who appeared in several musical comedies (1909-1984)
- n. half man and half fish; lives in the sea
- From Middle English mereman, from Old English *meremann ("merman") (suggested by Old English meremenn, meremennen, meremenin ("mermaid, siren"), equivalent to mer- + man. Cognate with Dutch meerman ("merman"), German Meermann ("merman"). (Wiktionary)
- mer(maid) + man. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“We are told in one place a few lines further on that the merman is of humankind; and in another that he is a kind of fish (Night dccccxlv).”
“I'm from Earth but I'm what your people would call a merman.”
“The merman was the first to see the importance of uniting the continent of Otaria, saving its fragmented history.”
“The merman was the first to see the importance of uniting the continent of”
“I do not believe that there is such a being as a "merman" C'mon, face it!”
“The invitation featured a school of fish trailing a merman with hair made of coral riding a sea horse.”
“Ford 50th Anniversary TV show 1953 Decca EP merman/mart”
“In the watery foreground a buxom nude with an elaborate headdress is carried away on frilly waves by an aged, bearded merman with a tortoise-shell shield.”
“On stage, Mr. Martinez, the Frenchman, appeared as a merman, his legs hidden by a sparkling fish tail that he ripped off to reveal a pair of shorts with sequins as scales while the 1990s pop song "This Must be Underwater Love" kicked in.”
“In Harryhausen's Clash, recently released in a Blu-ray special edition, the Kraken was controlled by sea god Poseidon and took the form of a gigantic merman.”
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Everything that contains a man in it
Names of 'the Devil himself, the devils his "flaming ministers", household goblins, rural demons, bogles, sprites, and fairies of all kinds' mentioned in Charles P.G. Scott's 'The Devil and His Imp...
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