noun \ˈswämp, ˈswmp\

: land that is always wet and often partly covered with water

Full Definition of SWAMP

:  a wetland often partially or intermittently covered with water; especially :  one dominated by woody vegetation
:  a tract of swamp
:  a difficult or troublesome situation or subject
swamp adjective

Examples of SWAMP

  1. Alligators live in the lowland swamps.
  2. <be careful in the swamp, because alligators sometimes lurk there>

Origin of SWAMP

perhaps alteration of Middle English sompe, from Middle Dutch somp morass; akin to Middle High German sumpf marsh, Greek somphos spongy
First Known Use: 1624

Related to SWAMP

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

Rhymes with SWAMP



: to cover (something) with water

: to cause (someone or something) to have to deal with a very large amount of things or people at the same time

Full Definition of SWAMP

transitive verb
a :  to fill with or as if with water :  inundate, submerge
b :  to overwhelm numerically or by an excess of something :  flood <swamped with work>
:  to open by removing underbrush and debris
intransitive verb
:  to become submerged

Examples of SWAMP

  1. The sea level rose and swamped the coastal villages.
  2. The boat sank after it was swamped by waves.

First Known Use of SWAMP



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Freshwater wetland ecosystem characterized by poorly drained mineral soils and plant life dominated by trees. Swamps have a sufficient water supply to keep the ground waterlogged, and the water has a high-enough mineral content to stimulate decay of organisms and to prevent the accumulation of organic materials. They are found throughout the world. See also marsh.


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