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.)
“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.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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