mer·​man | \ ˈmər-ˌman How to pronounce merman (audio) , -mən\

Definition of merman

: a fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a man and the tail of a fish

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Yes, an actual merman, with flippers, who has been alive for centuries. Rachel Syme, New York Times, "In ‘The Pisces,’ a Woman and a Merman Fall in Love. Aquatic Erotica Ensues.," 26 Apr. 2018 More recently, makeup and computer magic were combined to create a merman lead actor in much-lauded The Shape of Water. Adam Bargteil, Smithsonian, "How ‘Jurassic Park’ Made History 25 Years Ago, Propelling Computer-Generated Animation Forward," 9 June 2018 In the Best Picture winner, The Shape of Water, a mute maid, her gay best friend, her African American co-worker, and a merman team up to escape the menace of a straight white guy who works for the government. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Oscars' Gauzy Take on Intersectionality," 5 Mar. 2018 The map is packed with fantastical creatures, from unicorns in Siberia to mermen frollicking in the Southern Ocean and a terrifying bird flying off with an elephant in its talons. National Geographic, "Bizarre, Enormous 16th-Century Map Assembled for First Time," 7 Dec. 2017 And one image in particular, that of a woman and a merman floating in an underwater embrace, distills the movie to its soulful essence. Mekado Murphy, New York Times, "The Hand-Drawn Journey of the ‘Shape of Water’ Poster," 3 Nov. 2017 The title character is famous for her wildly popular series of romance novels about a girl in love with a merman. Ashley Petry, Indianapolis Star, "Sarah Silverman, Matt Damon and 8 other superstars to spot in Heartland Film Festival lineup," 10 Oct. 2017 Frequent del Toro collaborator Doug Jones (not to be confused with Twin Peaks: The Return’s Dougie Jones) stars as the merman. Corey Atad, Esquire, "The 15 Most Anticipated Movies of Fall 2017," 27 Sep. 2017 The firm’s upcoming 29-unit Eitol project at University Avenue and Park Boulevard in Hillcrest is composed of 13 four-story, bright red towers with a marketing banner displays a pair of buff mermen. Roger Showley,, "Design rentals around party spaces, says architect-developer," 23 Sep. 2017

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1601, in the meaning defined above

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mer·​man | \ ˈmər-ˌman How to pronounce merman (audio) \
plural mermen\ -​ˌmen \

Kids Definition of merman

: an imaginary sea creature usually shown with a man's head and body and a fish's tail

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