- any of various composite plants of the genus Iva, as I. frutescens, that grow in salt marshes.
Origin of marsh elder
First recorded in 1745–55
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The marsh-elder bushes mostly are restricted to the mounds of earth dug from the ditches.
The pair that nested in the western portion of the island fed along the sand fill or along the bases of the marsh-elder.
The female crawled about in a marsh-elder bush seemingly testing the various forks in the branches for size.
These were nests built in marsh-elder bushes where the grass stems were held upright by the branches of the bushes.
Four nests were supported by marsh-elder bushes, three of which were dead.
- any of several North American shrubs of the genus Iva, growing in salt marshes: family Asteraceae (composites)Compare elder 2
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