guzzle n Also sp guzzell
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3 A channel draining a salt marsh or tidal pool. [OED2 guzzle n. 1 “A gutter, drain. . . Obsolete exc. dialect.”; 1598→, EDD guzzle sb.1 1] chiefly coastal MA, ME Cf guzzle hole n
1767 in 1965 Adams Legal Papers 2.19 Cape Cod MA, No Water in the guzzell when Winslow Gates are down in Herring Time. 1855 Thoreau in Putnam’s Mag. 6.63 Cape Cod MA, Think of a whale having the breath of life beaten out of him by a storm, and dragging in over the bars and guzzles, for the support of the ministry! 1856 U.S. Coast Survey Rept. for 1855 211 ME, Back cove [in Portland] is a basin of 787 acres in extent. . . Its surface is quite level, and is traced by the serpentine drains peculiar to horizontal basins; a long and continuous guzzle stretches from Deering bridge into the channel. It is nearly bare at mean low tide. 1900 Boston Daily Globe (MA) 17 Oct 2/4 Cape Cod MA, They gave up trying to go directly over the bar, but . . the boat threaded its way through the narrow guzzles between the breakers to an exit farther to the northward, evidently hoping to be able to get out into deep water, and then run down before the gale toward the disabled craft. 1942 Field & Stream July 56 Cape Cod MA, “Tide’s up in the guzzle now, and the bass ought to be schooling in,” Ray said. 1956 Stahl Hist. Old Broad Bay 2.255 coastal ME, Wherever there was a little guzzle into which tiny brooks drained the water from the surrounding hills and wore out a little channel to the main channel of the river when its tides were down, the chances are old bed logs . . will reveal the presence of a shipyard. 1974 Starr Decoys Atl. Flyway 12 seMA (as of 1953), A “corn hole” in the local vernacular is a sheltered guzzle or a pond on the marsh which is daily baited with corn to make it irresistible to ducks. 2008 in 2021 DARE File—Internet ceNY, The herring are in Catskill Creek and further north. . . I have picked up Herring in guzzles that drain out of marshes. . . The suck holes that empty out with the tide can be a good spot too. 2011 Ibid coastal ME, The birds seem to come into the salt marshes with the high water to feed. Of course some will be in there if there is a good guzzle with water in it but a lot of the marshes go completely dry at low tide. 2019 Ibid seMA, Every fly hurled onto the flat and into the guzzle is slammed by a hungry striper.
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