- 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
But it was not here that Hepburn fell; that was elsewhere in the Merse.
To the Merse and to Allanbank there came word that the land was returning to his home.
So I took a farm which lay partly in the Lammermoors and partly in the Merse.