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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Definitions for shoal

  1. a place where a sea, river, or other body of water is shallow.
  2. a sandbank or sand bar in the bed of a body of water, especially one that is exposed above the surface of the water at low tide.
  3. of little depth, as water; shallow.

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Citations for shoal
A few minutes later Tom was in the shoal water of the bar, wading toward the Illinois shore. Before the depth reached his middle he was half way over; the current would permit no more wading, now, so he struck out confidently to swim the remaining hundred yards. Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876
That piece of land is permeated with a perfect shoal of mineral springs. Ada Clare, Only a Woman's Heart, 1886
Origin of shoal
Shoal comes from the Old English term sceald meaning "shallow." It was spelled with a d up until the 1500s.