marsh

noun, often attributive
\ ˈmärsh How to pronounce marsh (audio) \

Definition of marsh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Marsh

biographical name
\ ˈmärsh How to pronounce Marsh (audio) \

Definition of Marsh (Entry 2 of 2)

Dame (Edith) Ngaio \ ˈnī-​(ˌ)ō How to pronounce ˈnī-(ˌ)ō (audio)\ 1899–1982 New Zealand writer

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Synonyms for marsh

Synonyms: Noun

bog, fen, marshland, mire, moor, morass, muskeg, slough (also slew), swamp, swampland, wash, wetland

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Examples of marsh in a Sentence

Noun

a wide expanse of marsh the marshes along the coast support a remarkable profusion of plants and animals

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Somewhere far off a marsh wren sang, but never showed itself. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Cowan’s Ford Wildlife Refuge is a perfect spot for leisurely birding | Charlotte Observer," 4 May 2018 At last check, the scale was attacking roseau in at least 11 parishes, including marshes around New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Fight against Louisiana's wetland plague getting $1 million boost," 16 May 2018 Among other things, the order sets thresholds for the amount of phosphorous in the Everglades, an ingredient in fertilizer from the vast sugar-growing regions to the north that promotes unhealthy plant growth in the sprawling marsh. Curt Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Judge won’t end decades-old Everglades cleanup oversight," 11 Feb. 2019 Officials with Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources transferred about 2,000 rare Hawaiian snails from a mountain marsh to offices in downtown Honolulu. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Audrey Mcavoy, Fox News, "Hurricane Lane floods homes as others take to the waves," 24 Aug. 2018 At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, there was an American avocet in the marsh across from parking lot 1. BostonGlobe.com, "bird sightings," 30 June 2018 Areas farthest out received scanty deposition of the finest particles amid brackish tides, becoming grassy wetlands or saline marsh. Richard Campanella, The Atlantic, "How Humans Sank New Orleans," 6 Feb. 2018 Fjäderholmarna, one of the closest, is just 20 minutes by boat, and Djurgården, aptly dubbed Stockholm’s playground by locals, is filled with idyllic woods, trails, marshes, and wetlands. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 As many Floridians know, alligators are usually found in swamps, marshes, lakes, rivers and canals. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "An alligator went for a swim. Then it did something else.," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of marsh

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for marsh

Noun

Middle English mersh, from Old English merisc, mersc; akin to Middle Dutch mersch marsh, Old English mere sea, pool — more at marine

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The first known use of marsh was before the 12th century

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marsh

noun

English Language Learners Definition of marsh

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

marsh

noun
\ ˈmärsh How to pronounce marsh (audio) \

Kids Definition of marsh

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

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