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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The bottom of the sea, as personified in songs and stories.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The spirit of the sea.
  • proper n. The sea bed, bottom of the ocean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The spirit of the sea; sea devil; -- a term used by sailors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Nautical, the spirit of the sea; a sea-devil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the bottom of a sea or ocean


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)



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