mermaid's purse


noun

the horny or leathery egg case of certain cartilaginous fishes, as skates.

Nearby words

  1. merlon,
  2. merlot,
  3. mermaid,
  4. mermaid tavern,
  5. mermaid weed,
  6. mermaid's wineglass,
  7. merman,
  8. merman, ethel,
  9. mermen,
  10. merneptah

Origin of mermaid's purse

First recorded in 1830–40

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British Dictionary definitions for mermaid's purse

mermaid's purse

noun

another name for sea purse
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