General - A monster, part woman, part fish. A siren. These beings are said to sit on rocks, combing their long hair, and lure sailors to their death. In some versions, they are said to be able to grant three wishes. Some say that they cannot survive on land while others say that some of them married mortals and lived ashore. In early versions, mermaids had many birdlike features, including wings. In Irish lore they are regarded as pagans banished by St Patrick. Some Greek stories say that the burning timbers of the Trojan ships turned into mermaids. In some accounts, called mermaid, mermaiden, mermaiden, sea-maid, sea-maid, sea-woman, sea-woman, Merrow, Merrow, Murdhuaca or Murdhuacha.

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