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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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