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salt marsh

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
Related forms
salt-marsh, saltmarsh, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for salt marsh
Historical Examples
  • "The salt marsh at the end of the cove," answered the lightkeeper.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It was raining, the long stretches of salt marsh were windswept and brown and bleak.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • At the west stretched a salt marsh, of great value to a plantation.

    Some Three Hundred Years Ago Edith Gilman Brewster
  • And what do you think of that modest leg of salt marsh mutton?

  • Leaving the flat, we struck North-North-East for four miles, and came to a salt marsh about half a mile wide, which we crossed.

  • Fine high hills and ranges to the north; a salt marsh and low ranges to the east and South-East.

  • It was a piece of upland called by the Indians, an island with salt marsh lying between it and the Hill.

    Jersey City and its Historic Sites Harriet Phillips Eaton
  • Dana states that in 1845 another earthquake occurred in this district which converted Sindree Lake into a salt marsh.

  • One day Carrington came home in great glory; he had found a salt marsh.

  • "There is something singularly fascinating in the stretch of a salt marsh," he said.

British Dictionary definitions for salt marsh

salt marsh

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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salt marsh in Science
salt marsh  
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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