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 formssalt-marsh, salt·marsh, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Examples from the Web for salt marsh

Historical Examples of salt marsh

  • The children were all down in the salt-marsh playing at marriage-by-capture.

    IT and Other Stories

    Gouverneur Morris

  • In my portfolio were sketches and studies of the salt-marsh, and in my heart were hopes.

    Rodman the Keeper

    Constance Fenimore Woolson

  • Steered east for twelve miles, over spinifex sand-hills with some salt-marsh flats intervening.

  • "Yes, but you said you'd help me," said the girl, walking steadily across the sand to the salt-marsh beyond.

    A Sailor's Lass

    Emma Leslie

  • Thus the station of a plant may be a salt-marsh, a hill-side, the bed of the sea, or a stagnant pool.

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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