\ ˈmär-shē \
marshier; marshiest

Definition of marshy

1 : resembling or constituting a marsh marshy ground
2 : relating to or occurring in marshes marshy vegetation

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Other Words from marshy

marshiness noun

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The goats’ new enclosure features a 200-foot hill, several lakes, meadows and a marshy area, Heinzman said. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "‘Cute little cotton-ball herd’: Orphaned mountain goat kids released at wildlife park," 13 Nov. 2018 The house centers around the great room, a massive space with hardwood floors and windows that look out onto a marshy pond and trees. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Expansive midcentury modern home asks $770K," 30 July 2018 Like mosquitoes, fireflies love moisture, standing water, and marshy areas, according to firefly researcher Ben Pfeiffer. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard," 19 July 2018 On the western fringes of Miami-Dade County, street after street of barrel-tiled houses squeezed within shouting distance of one another come to an abrupt stop at a marshy basin that was once part of the Shark River Slough. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "It was once part of the Everglades. Now Miami-Dade wants to use it for a highway," 8 June 2018 The group says 12 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were found stranded in a marshy area in Wellfleet earlier in the day. Fox News, "Video: Rescuers save 9 stranded dolphins off Cape Cod coast," 10 July 2018 Kotlik lies on flat, marshy land along a tributary of the Yukon River about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the Bering Sea. Washington Post, "Police: 2 stabbed at Alaska school during break-in attempt," 14 May 2018 Deputies from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Marine Division helped locate the boat, which was found run aground in a marshy area of the lake and tied off to the shoreline. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County lakes see drowning, boat fire, watercraft collision," 28 May 2018 The adjustable hood cinched up snug and kept rain from trickling in while still providing enough peripheral vision to navigate the park’s tight, marshy channels. Outside Online, "The Best Summer Jackets of 2018," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of marshy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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\ ˈmär-shē \
marshier; marshiest

Kids Definition of marshy

: like or containing soft wet land

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