Mermaid is a noun and defined as a fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish. First used in the 14th century, the term mermaid derives from the Middle English terms mere and mayde, which means “sea” and “maid,” respectively.
Similar to the mythical creature dragon, the mermaid is a common creature that appears in folktales and stories from virtually all cultures. In today’s popular culture, commonly mentioned mermaids are Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid and the Starbucks Mermaid logo that can be seen on every cup from Starbucks.
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“Mermaid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary