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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mermaidnoun

    half woman and half fish; lives in the sea


  1. mermaidnoun

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

    Etymology: From mermayde, from mere + maid, equivalent to . Compare meremenn, meremennen, meremenin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mermaidnoun

    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

    Etymology: [AS. mere lake, sea. See Mere lake, and maid.]


  1. Mermaid

    A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the 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, they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans. Mermaids are associated with the mythological Greek sirens as well as with sirenia, a biological order comprising dugongs and manatees. Some of the historical sightings by sailors may have been misunderstood encounters with these aquatic mammals. Christopher Columbus reported seeing mermaids while exploring the Caribbean, and sightings have been reported in the 20th and 21st centuries in Canada, Israel and Zimbabwe. The U.S. National Ocean Service stated in 2012 that no evidence of mermaids has ever been found. 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". They have subsequently been depicted in operas, paintings, books, films and comics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mermaid

    mėr′mād, n. a sea-woman, having the head and body of a lovely woman to the waist, ending in the tail of a fish.—ns. Mer′maiden (Tenn.):—masc. Mer′man; Mer′maid's-glove, the largest kind of British sponge. [A.S. mere, a lake (influenced by Fr. mer, the sea), mægden, maid.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mermaid

    A fabulous sea-creature of which the upper half was said to resemble a woman, the lower half a fish.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mermaid in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mermaid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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  1. Eddy M Reyes:

    If you like salty water date a mermaid

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    A very important lesson for Leaders comes from children's fairytale 'The Little Mermaid'. You should always be yourself rather than trying to be someone else, particularly an impossible ideal that exists only in your imagination. The Little Mermaid changed herself to become a human so as to win her Prince’s love, and yet the Prince married someone else. That's life! In my view, Leaders should always strive to be natural and proud of who they are.

  3. Mick Dwyer:

    We actually didn't mean to turn the Mermaid into a secret bar, we were just lazy and didn't publicize it.

  4. Katy Perry:

    I was thinking about being The Little Mermaid, but then I realized, Ursula is a character who isn't done very much, The Little Mermaid always gets her moment in the sun !

  5. Ashwin Vasavada:

    We are working our way to answering what is a very difficult scientific question, it's unfortunately not going to be as easy as seeing a mermaid in a picture.

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