salt marsh


noun

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 forms

salt-marsh, salt·marsh, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for salt marsh

salt marsh


noun

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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Science definitions for salt marsh

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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