One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Fen woodland or scrub that is typically dominated by alder or willow.
marsh, marshland, swamp, swampland, sump, mire, quagmire, quag, morass, slough, fen, fenland, wetlandView synonyms
- ‘Blackbirds may be found in a wide range of habitats including dense woodland, coastal sand-dunes, farmland, minute marsh carrs and town and city centres.’
- ‘Many of the ‘gap’ species are also typically found in open to very open wetland habitats such as fens, alder thickets, wet prairies, sedge meadows, and shrub carrs.’
- ‘I just had to go out and have a look and chose the carrs and ings (one-time marshlands, reedswamps or whatever) south of West Ayton.’
- ‘Reed-fringed dykes in the very centre of the vast Halvergate marshes harbour a few in winter; Fenland osier carrs are equally attractive.’
Middle English: from Old Norse kjarr ‘brushwood’, in kjarr-mýrr ‘marsh overgrown with brushwood’.
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