One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a plant, animal, or soil) living or occurring in a marshy habitat.
marshy, swampy, miry, fenny, mucky, muddy, waterlogged, wet, soggy, sodden, squelchy, oozy, slimyView synonyms
- ‘Paludal tufas develop predominantly in waterlogged valley bottom situations, where line-sourced waters emerge from valley side and bottom aquifers.’
- ‘A paludal atmosphere has the effect of shortening the duration of life.’
Early 19th century: from Latin palus, palud- ‘marsh’ + -al.
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