noun, often attributive \ˈmärsh\

: an area of soft, wet land that has many grasses and other plants

Full Definition of MARSH

:  a tract of soft wet land usually characterized by monocotyledons (as grasses or cattails)

Examples of MARSH

  1. a wide expanse of marsh
  2. <the marshes along the coast support a remarkable profusion of plants and animals>

Origin of MARSH

Middle English mersh, from Old English merisc, mersc; akin to Middle Dutch mersch marsh, Old English mere sea, pool — more at marine
First Known Use: before 12th century

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biographical name \ˈmärsh\

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noun \ˈmärsh\

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:  an area of soft wet land with grasses and related plants
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