marsh tacky

noun South Atlantic States chiefly South Carolina and (Georgia ).
  1. a small, sometimes half-wild horse of the coastal marshes.
  2. Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a poor white living in the marshes.

Origin of marsh tacky

First recorded in 1830–40
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  • A little later every crest was surmounted by the comical figure of a marsh-tacky.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe

    Nathaniel H. Bishop