Last modified on 26 May 2014, at 16:28




From mer- +‎ child.


merchild (plural merchildren)

  1. The young of either sex of a legendary creature, human from the waist up, fishlike from the waist down.
    • 1904, Thomas Bird Mosher, The Bibelot, p. 160:
      The fish-tailed merchild carved in crumbling stone
      Wreathed with loose straggling roses, reigns alone...
    • 2003, Liz Kessler, The Tail of Emily Windsnap, Scholastic, ISBN 9780439781787, page 57:
      There were mermaids with gold chains around slinky long tails, swimming along with little merchildren.
    • 2003, Debbie Viguié, Midnight Pearls, Simon Pulse (2003), ISBN 0689855575, page 80:
      He shuddered as he thought about all the stories he had heard as a young merchild.