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wrinkling

wrinkling  n.— Note: “Wrinkle,” spelled with an R, is a regional name for the periwinkle. «Jobs like “wrinkling”—the local term for heading out into the intertidal zone at low tide and gathering periwinkles for sale...

king tide

king tide  n.— «During a King Tide, which is what the islanders call the highest tides of the year, waves rolling off the ocean can have a devastating effect.…A typical high tide reaches about two-and-a-half metres, while a King Tide...

Tide Me Over

A caller has a friendly disagreement with a pal: Is the expression “tide me over” or “tie me over”? Hint: The answer she gets should tide her over. This is part of a complete episode.

Freshwater Estuaries

You may have learned that an estuary is where a river meets the sea, but a reference librarian asks whether she should eschew estuary as a word for the confluence of freshwater bodies. Martha and Grant tide her over with some more information. This...

Panamax

Panamax  n.—Gloss: a cargo ship built to be small enough to go through the Panama Canal. «The ships are bound for Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. (Very little Australian coal goes to China.) The bigger ones are called “Capies”...