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sea puss

[poo s] /pʊs/
noun, Oceanography.
a strong nearshore current resulting from the seaward flow of water, especially through a channel in a bar.
Origin of sea puss
1645-55, Americanism in sense “brook;” alteration, by folk etymology, of earlier seapoose < Unquachog (E spelling) seépus river < Proto-Algonquian *si·po·wi (> Fox si·po·wi) + diminutive suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Apparently she was caught in a sea-puss and was still making no headway.

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