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

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In Canada, for instance, climate change is fueling extreme rain events, inundating cities like never before, in large part because natural buffers like marshes and forests have been stripped away by development. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Sea Is Consuming Jakarta, and Its People Aren't Insured," 19 July 2019 The Crosby Island Marsh Preserve, a 243-acre property in southeast Orange County, provides nature lovers a new place to enjoy a hiking trail and see pine flatwoods, freshwater marshes and oak hammocks. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Crosby Island Marsh in southeast Orange offers new spot to take in nature," 17 July 2019 Extending from tropical forests and marshes to coral reefs along the coast, the reserve counts sea turtles, crocodiles, jaguars, spider monkeys, manatees, nurse sharks, and flamingos as resident fauna. George W. Stone, National Geographic, "Dinosaurs to gladiators: 10 World Heritage trips for families," 16 Aug. 2019 The Holkham estate sits in the middle of the north Norfolk coast, a bulging rump of fields and marshes on the North Sea. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, "How Rumors of a Feud Between Kate Middleton and Rose Cholmondeley Captivated a Posh Corner of Britain," 5 Aug. 2019 The state of Florida has spent millions, including $880 million for filtering marshes, to clean water and get it back into the the southern Everglades. Jenny Staletovich, sun-sentinel.com, "New Study Says Everglades Water Is Harming Keys Corals. Not Everyone Agrees.," 28 July 2019 Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, China No, those are not extra-large birds in this photo of China's intertidal mudflats and marshes on the coast of Yellow Sea and Gulf of Bohai. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "UNESCO's Newest World Heritage Sites, in Photos," 11 July 2019 Whereas Perkins Tank is surrounded mostly by pine-oak woodlands, this pond swells with willows and aquatic plants including acres of water smartweed and emerald green marshes. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Fun summer hikes in Arizona: These hidden little lakes attract wildlife, hikers and anglers," 5 July 2019 But coastal development can often destroy natural defenses like coastal marshes or mangrove swamps. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "More mangroves? Economies recover faster after tropical cyclones," 4 June 2019

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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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