Mermaid weed
Mermaid Mer"maid, n. [AS. mere lake, sea. See {Mere} lake, and {maid}.] A fabled marine creature, typically represented as having the upper part like that of a woman, and the lower like a fish; a sea nymph, sea woman, or woman fish. [1913 Webster]

Note: Chaucer uses this word as equivalent to the siren of the ancients. [1913 Webster]

{Mermaid fish} (Zo["o]l.) the angel fish ({Squatina}).

{Mermaid's glove} (Zo["o]l.), a British branched sponge somewhat resembling a glove.

{Mermaid's head} (Zo["o]l.), a European spatangoid sea urchin ({Echinocardium cordatum}) having some resemblance to a skull.

{Mermaid weed} (Bot.), an aquatic herb with dentate or pectinate leaves ({Proserpinaca palustris} and {Proserpinaca pectinacea}). [1913 Webster]


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  • mermaid weed — any of several North American, aquatic plants of the genus Proserpinaca, having pinnately dissected leaves either above or below the water. [1810 20, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • mermaid weed — noun : any aquatic herb of the genus Proserpinaca * * * any of several North American, aquatic plants of the genus Proserpinaca, having pinnately dissected leaves either above or below the water. [1810 20, Amer.] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mermaid — Mer maid, n. [AS. mere lake, sea. See {Mere} lake, and {maid}.] A fabled marine creature, typically represented as having the upper part like that of a woman, and the lower like a fish; a sea nymph, sea woman, or woman fish. [1913 Webster] Note:… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mermaid fish — Mermaid Mer maid, n. [AS. mere lake, sea. See {Mere} lake, and {maid}.] A fabled marine creature, typically represented as having the upper part like that of a woman, and the lower like a fish; a sea nymph, sea woman, or woman fish. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mermaid's glove — Mermaid Mer maid, n. [AS. mere lake, sea. See {Mere} lake, and {maid}.] A fabled marine creature, typically represented as having the upper part like that of a woman, and the lower like a fish; a sea nymph, sea woman, or woman fish. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mermaid's head — Mermaid Mer maid, n. [AS. mere lake, sea. See {Mere} lake, and {maid}.] A fabled marine creature, typically represented as having the upper part like that of a woman, and the lower like a fish; a sea nymph, sea woman, or woman fish. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Echinocardium cordatum — Mermaid Mer maid, n. [AS. mere lake, sea. See {Mere} lake, and {maid}.] A fabled marine creature, typically represented as having the upper part like that of a woman, and the lower like a fish; a sea nymph, sea woman, or woman fish. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proserpinaca palustris — Mermaid Mer maid, n. [AS. mere lake, sea. See {Mere} lake, and {maid}.] A fabled marine creature, typically represented as having the upper part like that of a woman, and the lower like a fish; a sea nymph, sea woman, or woman fish. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proserpinaca pectinacea — Mermaid Mer maid, n. [AS. mere lake, sea. See {Mere} lake, and {maid}.] A fabled marine creature, typically represented as having the upper part like that of a woman, and the lower like a fish; a sea nymph, sea woman, or woman fish. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Proserpinaca pectinata — ID 67861 Symbol Key PRPE Common Name combleaf mermaidweed Family Haloragaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI,… …   USDA Plant Characteristics

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