salt marsh


: flat land subject to overflow by salt water

Examples of salt marsh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Construction on the mill began in 1887, built on a salt marsh. Sophie Hills, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Apr. 2024 Without as many otters around, crabs started to run rampant in the salt marshes of Elkhorn Slough, an estuary on California’s Monterey Bay. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve The 46,000-acre Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve encompasses salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks. Carrie Honaker, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2024 That raises risks that oil and other pollutants will leak into the ocean and travel to shore and smother wetlands, particularly sensitive salt marshes along the northern Gulf Coast. Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times, 8 May 2023 Covered in salt marshes, sand dune ridges, and winding tidal creeks, the wild habitat is home to all kinds of native plants and animals. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 20 Feb. 2024 Two federally endangered plants, the Ventura marsh milkvetch and salt marsh birds beak, have also been established on the site, part of an effort to move some plants north as their natural habitats grow too warm. Cara Buckley, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2024 Prior to recent decades, it wasn't known that sea otters live amid the salt marshes, because they're typically seen in kelp forests farther out to sea, Hughes said. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 31 Jan. 2024 The 37-mile-long island straddles the Virginia and Maryland state lines, and Assateague has everything from salt marshes to lush forests to unobstructed Atlantic Ocean views to draw the eye. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 27 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Salt marsh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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salt marsh

: flat land that is overflowed by salt water

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