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 for Mermaid
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mermaid \Mer"maid\, n. [AS. mere lake, sea. See Mere lake, and
     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+(Zool.)+the+angel+fish+({Squatina">Mermaid fish (Zool.) the angel fish ({Squatina).
     Mermaid's glove (Zool.), a British branched sponge somewhat
        resembling a glove.
     Mermaid's head (Zool.), a European spatangoid sea urchin
        ({Echinocardium cordatum) having some resemblance to a
     Mermaid weed (Bot.), an aquatic herb with dentate or
        pectinate leaves ({Proserpinaca palustris and
        Proserpinaca pectinacea).
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: half woman and half fish; lives in the sea

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  39 Moby Thesaurus words for "mermaid":
     Davy, Davy Jones, Dylan, Neptune, Nereid, Nereus, Oceanid, Oceanus,
     Poseidon, Thetis, Triton, Varuna, bather, bathing beauty,
     bathing girl, diver, fresh-water nymph, frogman, kelpie, limniad,
     man fish, merman, naiad, natator, nix, nixie, ocean nymph,
     sea devil, sea god, sea nymph, sea-maid, sea-maiden, seaman, siren,
     swimmer, undine, water god, water spirit, water sprite

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