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 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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  • Proserpinaca palustris — ID 67854 Symbol Key PRPA3 Common Name marsh mermaidweed Family Haloragaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Proserpinaca palustris var. palustris — ID 67858 Symbol Key PRPAP Common Name marsh mermaidweed Family Haloragaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OK, PA …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Proserpinaca palustris var. amblyogona — ID 67855 Symbol Key PRPAA Common Name marsh mermaidweed Family Haloragaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, MS, OH, OK, TN, TX Growth Habit… …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Proserpinaca palustris var. crebra — ID 67857 Symbol Key PRPAC Common Name marsh mermaidweed Family Haloragaceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Proserpinaca palustris L. var. palustris — Symbol PRPAP Common Name marsh mermaidweed Botanical Family Haloragaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Proserpinaca palustris L. — Symbol PRPA3 Common Name marsh mermaidweed Botanical Family Haloragaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Proserpinaca palustris L. var. amblyogona Fernald — Symbol PRPAA Common Name marsh mermaidweed Botanical Family Haloragaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Proserpinaca palustris L. var. crebra Fernald & Grisc. — Symbol PRPAC Common Name marsh mermaidweed Botanical Family Haloragaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Proserpinaca palustris L. var. latifolia Schindl. — Symbol PRPAP Synonym Symbol PRPAL Botanical Family Haloragaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • 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

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