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noun, plural mer·men.
  1. (in folklore) a male marine creature, having the head, torso, and arms of a man and the tail of a fish.
  2. a highly skilled male swimmer.
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Origin of merman

1595–1605; earlier mere-man; see mere2, man1


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


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

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