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sea puss

[ see-poos ]
/ ˈsi ˌpʊs /
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noun Oceanography.
a strong nearshore current resulting from the seaward flow of water, especially through a channel in a bar.
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Origin of sea puss

First recorded in 1645–55, Americanism in sense “brook;” alteration, by folk etymology, of earlier seapoose, from Unquachog (English spelling) seépus “river,” from unattested Proto-Algonquian si·po·wi (becoming Fox si·po·wi ) + diminutive suffix
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