- a tract of low wet land, often treeless and periodically inundated, generally characterized by a growth of grasses, sedges, cattails, and rushes.
Origin of marsh
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Examples from the Web for marshes
There were marshes and a salmon river nearby and I found a lake with trout or whatever.
You had one foot on the asphalt and the other in the marshes.
If you lose the marshes and the vegetation, all you're left with is mud, which just slides into the water.Will the Spill Impact Public Health?
May 5, 2010
Our greatest difficulty in these marshes was the watering of the cattle.
With more green in it, perhaps; you know the lovely colour on the dykes in the marshes?The Incomplete Amorist
Soon they were on their way across the dunes and marshes to Tinterton road and home.The Inn at the Red Oak
What were we to do with this resolute little dame of the marshes?Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
He travels, and on Thursdays, his Eastbourne day, takes his meals with the Marshes.Monday or Tuesday
- Dame (Edith) Ngaio (ˈnaɪəʊ). 1899–1981, New Zealand crime writer, living in Britain (from 1928). Her many detective novels include Final Curtain (1947) and Last Ditch (1977)
- Rodney (William). born 1947, Australian cricketer: a wicketkeeper, he took 355 dismissals in 96 test matches (1970–84)
- low poorly drained land that is sometimes flooded and often lies at the edge of lakes, streams, etcCompare swamp (def. 1) Related adjective: paludal
Word Origin and History for marshes
Old English mersc, merisc "marsh, swamp," from West Germanic *marisko (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon marsk "marsh," Middle Dutch mersch, Dutch mars, German Marsch, Danish marsk), probably from Proto-Germanic *mari- "sea" (see mere (n.)).
- An area of low-lying wetland in which the level of water is generally shallow and often fluctuating. The water may be either standing or slow-moving. The water in a marsh is also more or less neutral or alkaline, in contrast to the water in a bog, which is acidic. The environment of a marsh is in general well-oxygenated and nutrient-rich and allows a great variety of organisms to flourish. In contrast to a swamp, in which there is an abundance of woody plants, the plants in a marsh are mostly herbaceous. Reeds and rushes dominate the vegetation of marshes. See also salt marsh.