- mermaid:  A mermaid is literally a ‘seamaiden’. The word was coined on the basis of English mere [OE], which is now a little-used term for ‘lake’, but originally denoted ‘sea’ (it came ultimately from Indo-European *mori-, *mari- ‘sea’, which also produced German meer ‘sea’ and Latin mare ‘sea’, source of French mer and English marine). Mermaid served in due course as a model for merman .
=> marine, mere
- mermaid (n.)
- mid-14c., mermayde, literally "maid of the sea," from Middle English mere "sea, lake" (see mere (n.)) + maid. Old English had equivalent merewif "water-witch" (see wife), meremenn "mermaid, siren." Tail-less in northern Europe; the fishy form is a medieval influence from classical sirens. A favorite sign of taverns and inns since at least early 15c. (in reference to the inn on Bread Street, Cheapside, London). Mermaid pie (1660s) was "a sucking pig baked whole in a crust."
- 1. "I found a mermaid."— 'Don't be daft. There's no such thing.'
- 2. The Mermaid Company will present'Hamlet'next week.
- 美人鱼剧团将于下周演出 " 哈姆雷特 ".
- 3. How popular would that girl be with the only mermaid mom!
- 4. A mermaid's tail turns to legs when it's dry, even when it's dead.
- 当变干时,人鱼的尾巴会变成腿, 即使它是死的.
- 5. And then a mermaid leap out of the water!
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