salt marsh

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  1. 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

Other words from salt marsh

  • salt-marsh, saltmarsh, adjective

Words Nearby salt marsh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use salt marsh in a sentence

  • There was a salt marsh which bounded part of the mill-pond, on the edge of which the boys used to stand to fish for minnows.

    The Life of Benjamin Franklin | Samuel G. Goodrich
  • "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
  • In the marsh were tall waving feathery salt-marsh grasses, and little pools of murky water.

    I, Mary MacLane | Mary MacLane
  • Now it must look out for itself, eat, grow fat and strong, and then dig its way out into the salt-marsh.

    Little Busybodies | Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
  • Three miles of causeway across the salt marsh brought us to the church and village of our Lady of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

    Mexico and its Religion | Robert A. Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for salt marsh

salt marsh

  1. 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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Scientific definitions for salt marsh

salt marsh

  1. 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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