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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
Acts 27:17 , probably the dangerous sandbanks and whirlpools in two gulfs on the African coast south of Malta; they were called the Greater and the Lesser Syritis, and were much dreaded by ancient mariners. The course of the wind by which Paul and his companions were driven, threatened to cast them into the Lesser Syrtis.
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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Quicksands'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/q/quicksands.html. 1859.