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Merman

[mur-muh n]
noun
  1. EthelEthel Agnes Zimmerman, 1909–84, U.S. singer, musical comedy star, and actress.
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British Dictionary definitions for ethel merman

merman

noun plural -men
  1. a male counterpart of the mermaid
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Word Origin

C17: see mermaid
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Word Origin and History for ethel merman

merman

n.

c.1600, literally "man of the sea," from first element in mermaid (q.v.) + man (n.).

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