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

The island will help protect the coast from storms and marshes from erosion. Tristan Baurick, nola.com, "Dredging, dams and other river controls starve places downriver of much-needed sediment," 15 June 2019 James Lake Farms is a cranberry marsh located in Three Lakes, a few hours north of Wisconsin Rapids. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Celebrate the cranberry this summer at these 3 farms," 9 June 2019 Campland’s current 46 acres would become restored marsh under all of the proposals under city consideration. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Proposed Campland expansion revives Mission Bay Park land battle," 7 June 2019 Seen from above, the Midwestern U.S. looks more like a marsh than the fertile fields that grow some of the nation’s most lucrative crops. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Midwest flooding is drowning corn and soy crops. Is climate change to blame?," 3 June 2019 From the coast, topwater anglers are finding plenty of big trout around the marsh edges and creeks at dawn. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Friday Fishing Report: Cooler temperatures help anglers," 7 June 2019 Up the Creek, order the fried oysters or shrimp gumbo, some chilled Sauvignon Blanc and gaze out at the marshes and river and watch the seagulls diving for their own fishy dinners (313 Water St., upthecrekrawbar.com). Gully Wells, WSJ, "A Trip to the Florida of Yore," 12 Dec. 2018 Riders will have views of the coastline, marshes and streams along the Downeaster route from Boston to Brunswick, Maine. Fox News, "1950s Amtrak dome railcar with all-windows top level returns," 22 July 2018 The lake was mostly disconnected from the coasts before development, spilling water during the rainy season over a lower bottom lip which flowed south through marshes and into the Everglades. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Massive and toxic algae bloom threatens Florida coasts with another lost summer," 29 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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