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\

Definition of MARSH

Dame (Edith) Ngaio \ˈnī-(ˌ)ō\ 1899–1982 N.Z. writer


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Freshwater or marine wetland ecosystem characterized by poorly drained mineral soils and by plant life dominated by grasses. Fewer plant species grow in marshes than on well-watered but not waterlogged land; grasses, sedges, and reeds or rushes are most common. Commercially, rice is by far the most important freshwater marsh plant: it supplies a major portion of the world's grain. Salt marshes are formed on intertidal land by seawater flooding and draining, and salt-marsh grasses will not grow on permanently flooded flats. See also swamp.


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