from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly South Atlantic U.S. A swamp in an upland coastal region. Also called regionally dismal.
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- n. A low, wooded swamp in (especially coastal) Eastern Maryland or Virginia; a palustrine wetland with deep, acidic peat soils.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See the quotation.
- n. A tract of low land; a swamp; a marsh.
The word pocosin comes from the Algonquin Native American word for "swamp on a hill".
The only meaning which I can attach to the word pocosin is, that it is a large swamp.
McPherson, in his report, says that the region inhabited by the Croatans is a low woodland, swampy region, locally known as pocosin land, abounding in whortleberries and black berries, which bring some revenue to the people.
THE SHALLOW WATERS of eastern North Carolina's remote pocosin wetlands warm up as fast as the spring fishing action for panfish and largemouth bass.
Wild or unimproved lands are reported in three general classes: first, lands exhausted, abandoned, and grown up to bushes; second, virgin uplands, generally well timbered; and third, low or swamp lands, pocosin, often well timbered.
Page 103 and a few other counties; in the latter one body of "white oak pocosin," of sixty thousand acres, extending into several adjacent counties, and other tracts nearly as large, requiring combined capital to drain.
Thus the drained portion of Mr. Francke's pocosin gave me a result on analysis equal in value to the best of the Hyde county soils.
The earthy matter in the pocosin of Onslow is very fine, and of drab color, in which respects it is similar to the best lands of Hyde.
* This pocosin is partly in Onslow and partly in Jones county.
It is surprising that swamp lands hold so much water -- so that most of the largest tracts of pocosin lands furnish a sufficiency for this purpose.