from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as sea-purse, 2.
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- n. 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.
This is the work of the sea-puss -- the revolving maniac born of close-wed wind and tide;
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.
The claw of the sea-puss gets us all in the end, as James Thurber said.