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see mermaidmermaid,
in folklore, sea-dwelling creature commonly represented as having the head and body of a woman and a fishtail instead of legs. Belief in mermaids, and in their counterpart, mermen, has existed since earliest times.
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The Mermen, a San Francisco surf trio, bring psychedelia, jazz, country and punk rock into the curl.
The decision to provide aid to the refugees coincided with a State Department diplomatic move to be led by Mermen Williams in Tunis in the attempt to persuade the Algerian leaders to compromise on the question of the future of the colons in order to thaw the two sides and bring them back to the negotiating table.
The Merman's Children (1979), for example, portrays the plight of a surviving species of mermen within human society, a theme found in medieval Danish balladry.
Norwegians called them mermen. Jules Verne described them in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.