merman

noun
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

Examples of merman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a report published by the Guinness World Records, Shaaban explained the workout routine that gives him his merman-like abilities. Maryam Mohamed, CNN, "Egyptian swimmer takes the art of leaping out of water to new heights," 7 Mar. 2021 Even the Sun King of merman movies can’t buy his way out of his previous mistakes. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Judd Apatow’s Comedy Masterpiece," 1 May 2020 In one 16th-century book of curious and bizarre creatures compiled by Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner, drawings of the sunfish feature alongside images of mermen and sea monsters. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "How a bizarre, monster fish hoodwinked researchers and reeled in a wave of citizen scientists," 22 Feb. 2020 Bas-relief mermaids and mermen watch over its fountain pool. Siddhartha Mitter, New York Times, "Kara Walker Takes a Monumental Jab at Britannia," 30 Sep. 2019 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

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1601, in the meaning defined above

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22 Mar 2021

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“Merman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merman. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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merman

noun
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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