Definitions

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  • n. The young of either sex of a legendary creature, human from the waist up, fishlike from the waist down.

Etymologies

From mer- +‎ child. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hand in hand they pattered to dry land where the merchild shrank shyly against the little girl when it saw the men.

    The Stars Are Ours

  • Dessie had been waiting impatiently by the waves 'sweep, and now, heedless of the water curling about her legs, she ran forward, holding out her hands to the merchild who threshed up a fountain of spray in its eagerness to meet her.

    The Stars Are Ours

  • The merchild made up its mind and splashed out to meet the shorter of the two advancing figures and was gathered up in eager arms.

    Star Flight

  • The merchild struggled to free itself, slipped under the reaching hand of its father, and darted back to Dessie.

    Star Flight

  • Then he splashed up to Dessie and caught the merchild, giving it a smart slap across its buttocks with a very human expression of exasperation.

    Star Flight

  • "A stupid dragon toasted him when I was away at a school of fish, just ten years ago when I was a merchild.

    Demons Don't Dream

  • "The merchild struggled to free itself, slipped under the reaching hand of its father, and darted back to Dessie.

    The Stars Are Ours

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