noun (used with a plural verb)

a swampy and partly forested region in S Florida, mostly S of Lake Okeechobee. Over 5000 sq. mi. (12,950 sq. km).




a tract of low, swampy land, especially in southern Florida, characterized by clumps of tall grass and numerous branching waterways.

Origin of everglade

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25; ever + glade
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Contemporary Examples of everglades

  • It's so cold that the National Weather Service in Miami has issued a freeze watch for the Everglades.

  • And it expanded the National Parks System to include the Everglades, Joshua Tree National Park, and Big Bend National Park.

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    October 24, 2013

  • He suspects our snake is pregnant, and puts in a call to Dr. Skip Snow, lead python biologist with the Everglades National Park.

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    How to Catch a Giant Python

    Catharine Skipp

    February 28, 2010

  • The Everglades, overrun with huge reptiles, is about to host its first-ever open season on snakes.

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    How to Catch a Giant Python

    Catharine Skipp

    February 28, 2010

  • Fobb says he loves the Everglades—loves snakes, too—and that man is doing far more damage to the area than the reptiles.

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    The Great Python Hunt

    Catharine Skipp

    February 26, 2010

Historical Examples of everglades

  • The Everglades is a name given to a broad section of country whose duplicate cannot be found elsewhere in the world.

  • Ill head all the rest on a rush expedition into the Everglades, and Joe and Jeff shall go with me.

  • Hunters of the Everglades, I reckon, were the men who did this trick.

  • Why, the possibility that we'll all perish in the Everglades adds zest to this adventure—makes it really interesting.

  • I had leave for a month once; and like an ass I prepared to spend it in a hunting-trip among the Everglades.

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    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for everglades


pl n

the Everglades a subtropical marshy region of Florida, south of Lake Okeechobee: contains the Everglades National Park established to preserve the flora and fauna of the swamps. Area: over 13 000 sq km (5000 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for everglades



1823, from everglade, from ever, perhaps in sense of "endless" + glade.

The distance from the mouth of Hilsborough river to the head of the lake, in a direct line, is about 110 statute miles. The country between them is mostly, if not wholly, an everglade, by which is meant a low marsh frequently covered with water, and in which there grows a sharp triangular grass, from ten to twelve feet high, and impervious to men or animals. ["American Mechanics' Magazine," 1825]
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