South a low, flat, swampy region in savannas of the SE U.S.
Origin of pocosinprobably ; from Amerindian
nounChiefly South Atlantic US
A swamp in an upland coastal region. Also called regionally dismal.
Origin of pocosinPossibly of Virginia Algonquian origin. Word History: In coastal Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the Carolinas, a swamp or marsh can be called a pocosin or a dismal, the second term illustrated in the name of the Dismal Swamp on the border of North Carolina and Virginia. The word pocosin is probably a borrowing from Virginia Algonquian. The early settlers used pocosin as a designation for low swampy ground, especially a wooded swamp.