- a marshy tract that is wet with salt water or flooded by the sea.
Origin of salt marsh
before 1000; Middle English saltmerche, Old English sealtne mersc
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Examples from the Web for salt marsh
The children were all down in the salt-marsh playing at marriage-by-capture.IT and Other Stories
In my portfolio were sketches and studies of the salt-marsh, and in my heart were hopes.Rodman the Keeper
Constance Fenimore Woolson
Steered east for twelve miles, over spinifex sand-hills with some salt-marsh flats intervening.Explorations in Australia
"Yes, but you said you'd help me," said the girl, walking steadily across the sand to the salt-marsh beyond.A Sailor's Lass
Thus the station of a plant may be a salt-marsh, a hill-side, the bed of the sea, or a stagnant pool.Principles of Geology
- an area of marshy ground that is intermittently inundated with salt water or that retains pools or rivulets of salt or brackish water, together with its characteristic halophytic vegetation
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- A marsh in which the water is saline, especially a coastal wetland that has halophyte vegetation and is regularly flooded at high tide. Coastal salt marshes help to preserve the shoreline by accommodating storm tides.
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