The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The national god of the Philistines, represented as half-man, sometimes half-woman, and half-fish; appears to have been a symbol to his worshippers of the fertilising power of nature, familiar to them in the fruitfulness of the sea.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Dagon'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/d/dagon.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.