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 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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