One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the southern US) an area of low, swampy ground, typically wooded.
swamp, marshland, bog, peat bog, swampland, morass, mire, quagmire, quag, slough, fen, fenland, wetland, sumpView synonyms
- ‘The Fall Line Sand Hills is home to several related but distinctive plant communities: longleaf pine-scrub oak forests, Atlantic white cedar swamps, and pocosin community types.’
- ‘When you think of unusual Southeastern habitats, you might list the sandhills, Carolina bays, and pocosins of the coastal plain.’
- ‘It goes on like this most of the way to the ocean, 40 miles away, with bays and pocosins wherever there's a dip.’
- ‘Businesses were lured to eastern North Carolina by the notion of mining the rich peat soil submerged beneath vast pocosins or evergreen shrub bogs.’
- ‘In pocosins drained by small canals and natural sloughs, mud turtles crawled up to the warmth on half-submerged logs.’
Mid 17th century: probably from Algonquian poquosin.
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