morass

[ muh-ras ]
/ məˈræs /

noun

a tract of low, soft, wet ground.
a marsh or bog.
marshy ground.
any confusing or troublesome situation, especially one from which it is difficult to free oneself; entanglement.

Origin of morass

1645–55; < Dutch moeras, alteration (by association with moer marsh; cf. moor1) of Middle Dutch maras < Old French mareis < Germanic. See marsh
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morass

/ (məˈræs) /

noun

a tract of swampy low-lying land
a disordered or muddled situation or circumstance, esp one that impedes progress

Word Origin for morass

C17: from Dutch moeras, ultimately from Old French marais marsh
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Word Origin and History for morass

morass


n.

"wet, swampy tract," 1650s, from Dutch moeras "marsh, fen," from Middle Dutch marasch, from Old French marais "marsh," from Frankish, possibly from West Germanic *marisk, from Proto-Germanic *mariskaz "like a lake," from *mari "sea" (see mere (n.)). The word was influenced in Dutch by moer "moor" (see moor (n.)). Figurative use is attested from 1867. Replaced earlier mareis (early 14c.; see marish).

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