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From Middle English mereman, from Old English *meremann (merman) (suggested by Old English meremenn, meremennen, meremenin (mermaid, siren)), equivalent to mer- +‎ man. Cognate with Dutch meerman (merman), German Meermann (merman).

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merman (plural mermen)

  1. A legendary creature, human male from the waist up, fishlike from the waist down.
    • 1653, The Loves of Hero and Leander: A Mock Poem, London, page 19:
      The meer man hath no feet but fins / And this hath legs you see and shins.

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  1. third-person plural present indicative of mermar