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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Merrow.
 
A mermaid, believed by Irish fishermen to forebode a coming storm. There are male merrows, but no word to designate them. (Irish, Muruadh or Murrûghach, from muir, the sea, and oigh, a maid.)   1
        “It was rather annoying to Jack that though living in a place where the merrows were as plenty as lobsters, he never could get a right view of one.”—W.B. Yeates: Fairy and Folk Tales, p. 63.
 


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