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Meaning of MERMAID

Pronunciation:  'mur`meyd

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  half woman and half fish; lives in the sea

MERMAID is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: imaginary being, imaginary creature



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mer"maid\, n. [AS. mere lake, sea. See {Mere} lake, and
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

{Mermaid weed} (Bot.), an aquatic herb with dentate or
   pectinate leaves ({Proserpinaca palustris} and {P.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a mermaid in your dream means the female aspect of yourself that is mysterious and secretive. It may also show a fear of sex. In particular, for a man to dream of a mermaid, it indicates that he is having fears of being drowned by the feminine aspect of his psyche. For a woman, it suggests doubts over her femininity.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: bather, bathing beauty, bathing girl, Davy, Davy Jones, diver, Dylan, fresh-water nymph, frogman, kelpie, limniad, man fish, merman, naiad, natator, Neptune, Nereid, Nereus, nix, nixie, ocean nymph, Oceanid, Oceanus, Poseidon, sea devil, sea god, sea nymph, sea-maid, sea-maiden, seaman, siren, swimmer, Thetis, Triton, undine, Varuna, water god, water spirit, water sprite