1》 (of water) move with a splashing sound.
2》 archaic flamboyantly swagger about or wield a sword.
noun the rush of seawater up the beach after the breaking of a wave.
archaic the motion or sound of water washing against something.
C16: imitative.
adjective Printing denoting an ornamental written or printed character, typically a capital letter.
C17: of unknown origin.

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