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mermaid weed

  1. any of several North American, aquatic plants of the genus Proserpinaca, having pinnately dissected leaves either above or below the water.
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Origin of mermaid weed

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20
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Historical Examples of mermaid weed

  • One of the most common plants is the mermaid-weed (Proserpinaca).

    Harper's Young People, August 24, 1880