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noun Scot
  1. low level ground by a river or shore, often alluvial and fertile
  2. a marsh
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Word Origin

Old English merse marsh


  1. 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

Historical Examples

  • A Merse mist alang the Tweed, in a harvest morning's gude indeed.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • Ainslie was a native of the Merse, his father and family living in Dunse.

    Robert Burns

    Principal Shairp.

  • 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.