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mer·maid  (m?rmd)
A legendary sea creature having the head and upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish.

[Middle English : mere, sea, lake; see mere2 + maid, maid; see maid.]

mermaid  /mrmed/  n. a mythical being that is half woman, half fish: Mermaids are described in stories about the sea. mermaid

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