One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An area of low-lying land which is flooded in wet seasons or at high tide, and typically remains waterlogged at all times.
swamp, marshland, bog, peat bog, swampland, morass, mire, quagmire, quag, slough, fen, fenland, wetland, sumpView synonyms
- ‘Large parts of the marsh are now in use as a buffer area when food stock is temporarily depleted.’
- ‘It is a large fresh water lake associated with marshes on the flood plains of the river.’
- ‘The Romans became practised at draining marshes to rid areas of malaria-carrying mosquitoes.’
- ‘Living in freshwater marshes with areas of open water, they stalk fish, eels, frogs and insects.’
- ‘Yet too many of the bottom lands, swamps, and marshes that drew me back no longer exist.’
- ‘The landscape of the national parks is endless stretches of salt water marshes rather than canyons or petrified forests.’
- ‘In the shallow marshes near the river grows a unique type of yellow water lily.’
- ‘On the first day after the flood, two of the large creatures were found in a nearby marsh area and returned to the farm.’
- ‘The boundary between the mudflat and the retreating marsh is a unique environment.’
- ‘All around our coastline we have estuaries, docks, harbours, marshes and breakwaters.’
- ‘Folk are few and far between amid these rounded hills, rocky ridges, peat bogs and marshes.’
- ‘Farmers simply saw the marsh as unproductive land that could be used for grazing animals.’
- ‘Until late October the birds may be found on estuaries, flooded coastal marshes and farm reservoirs.’
- ‘North of the main park is a marsh, though the plants are new and haven't grown enough to be visible.’
- ‘When the flood plains dry up cattle graze on the succulent marsh grass which grew while the plains were filled with water.’
- ‘Our boat noses into the tidal marsh, and we spot nesting egrets and barking sea lions.’
- ‘Explorer days are also an opportunity to find more about local habitats such as woodlands, bogs, coast and marshes.’
- ‘The distribution of plants in freshwater marshes is driven by competition, inundation and draw-down.’
- ‘They prefer life on the shores of deep, clear rivers, lakes, large marshes, and ocean bays.’
- ‘The wetlands, its seeps and its marshes are jealousy maintained and protected from all disturbance.’
Old English mer(i)sc (perhaps influenced by late Latin mariscus ‘marsh’), of West Germanic origin.
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