from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A prismatic bow formed when the sun's rays strike the spray of breaking waves, being reflected and refracted thereby just as by drops of rain. See rainbow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A rainbow seen in the spray of the ocean.


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  • And as the skater passed in full flight, followed by the ever-turning, wrathful, watchful, shaggy head, up went the short sea-bow, backed with whalebone.

    The Iron Star — and what It saw on Its Journey through the Ages

  • The shore was one great camp; an army gathered; and Ulf found himself nodding greeting to many an old acquaintance as they shouldered through it, Wulf and he, straight for the heart of the throng; Ulf still carrying in one hand his unbent sea-bow, and Wulf, the long, straight, two-handed sword of his father, as well as his own keen axe

    The Iron Star — and what It saw on Its Journey through the Ages

  • But Sennit knew a mate from a master, at a glance; and, without noticing Marble's sea-bow, a slight for which Marble did not soon forgive him, he walked directly aft to me, not well pleased, as I thought, that a ship-master had neglected to be at the gangway to meet a sea lieutenant.

    Miles Wallingford Sequel to "Afloat and Ashore"


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