- low level ground by a river or shore, often alluvial and fertile
- a marsh
Old English merse marsh
- the Merse a fertile lowland area of SE Scotland, in Scottish Borders, north of the Tweed
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Examples from the Web for merse
A Merse mist alang the Tweed, in a harvest morning's gude indeed.The Proverbs of Scotland
Ainslie was a native of the Merse, his father and family living in Dunse.Robert Burns
To the Merse and to Allanbank there came word that the land was returning to his home.
But it was not here that Hepburn fell; that was elsewhere in the Merse.
So I took a farm which lay partly in the Lammermoors and partly in the Merse.