from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as sea-purse, 2.

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  • noun the seaward undercurrent created after waves have broken on the shore


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  • Shortly afterward we heard the mewing of a sea-puss, evidently chasing the robin.

    The Cruise of the Kawa 1911

  • This is the work of the sea-puss -- the revolving maniac born of close-wed wind and tide;

    Tides of Barnegat Francis Hopkinson Smith 1876

  • If these be as fine as mud, so that they may float in the water, they are readily borne away by the currents which are always created along a storm-swept shore, particularly by the undertow or bottom outcurrent -- the "sea-puss," as it is sometimes called -- that sweeps along the bottom from every shore, against which the waves form a surf.

    Outlines of the Earth's History A Popular Study in Physiography Nathaniel Southgate Shaler 1873

  • The claw of the sea-puss gets us all in the end, as James Thurber said.

    NYT > Home Page By JACQUES STEINBERG 2011


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