sea puss

\ ˈsē-ˌpu̇s How to pronounce sea puss (audio) \

Definition of sea puss

: a swirling or along shore undertow

First Known Use of sea puss

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sea puss

alteration of dialect seapoose tidal stream, from Unquachog (Algonquian language of Long Island, New York) seépus river

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“Sea puss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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