Definition of Carolina bay
: any of various shallow often oval depressions in the coastal plain of the southeastern U.S. ranging from a few hundred feet to several miles long and being usually marshy and rich in humus, heavily forested, and covered with a pure stand of trees (as cypress, bay, or black gum) different from the dominant tree (as pine) of surrounding areas
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