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quicksand

[kwik-sand] /ˈkwɪkˌsænd/
noun
1.
a bed of soft or loose sand saturated with water and having considerable depth, yielding under weight and therefore tending to suck down any object resting on its surface.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English qwykkesand. See quick, sand
Related forms
quicksandy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quicksands

quicksand

/ˈkwɪkˌsænd/
noun
1.
a deep mass of loose wet sand that submerges anything on top of it
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Word Origin and History for quicksands
quicksand
1400, from M.E. quyk "living" (see quick) + sond "sand." O.E. had cwecesund, but this may have meant "lively strait of water."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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quicksands in Science
quicksand
  (kwĭk'sānd')   
A deep bed of loose, smoothly rounded sand grains, saturated with water and forming a soft, shifting mass that yields easily to pressure and tends to engulf objects resting on its surface. Although it is possible for a person to drown while mired in quicksand, the human body is less dense than any quicksand and is thus not drawn or sucked beneath the surface as is sometimes popularly believed.
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quicksands in the Bible

found only in Acts 27:17, the rendering of the Greek Syrtis. On the north coast of Africa were two localities dangerous to sailors, called the Greater and Lesser Syrtis. The former of these is probably here meant. It lies between Tripoli and Barca, and near Cyrene. The Lesser Syrtis lay farther to the west.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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