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Dictionary Definition

marshy adj : (of soil) soft and watery; "the ground was boggy under foot"; "a marshy coastline"; "miry roads"; "wet mucky lowland"; "muddy barnyard"; "quaggy terrain"; "the sloughy edge of the pond"; "swampy bayous" [syn: boggy, miry, mucky, muddy, quaggy, sloughy, swampy] [also: marshiest, marshier]

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  1. Of, or resembling a marsh; boggy.
  2. Growing in marshy ground.


of, or resembling a marsh; boggy
  • Hungarian: mocsaras, lápos, ingoványos, posványos
growing in marshy ground
  • Hungarian: mocsári

Extensive Definition

In geography, a marsh, or morass, is a type of wetland which is subject to frequent or continuous inundation. Typically a marsh features grasses, rushes, reeds, typhas, sedges, and other herbaceous plants (possibly with low-growing woody plants) in a context of shallow water. A marsh is different from a swamp, which has a greater proportion of open water surface, and is generally deeper than a marsh. In North America, the term swamp is used for wetland dominated by trees rather than grasses and low herbs.
The water of a marsh can be fresh, brackish or saline. Coastal marshes may be associated with estuaries and along waterways between coastal barrier islands and the inner coast. The estuarine marsh, or tidal marsh, is often based on soils consisting of sandy bottoms or bay muds. An example is the Tantramar Marsh of eastern Canada.
Below water decomposition processes often produce marsh gas, which may through self-ignition manifest as Will o' the wisps (aka. Jack-a-lanterns or spirites).
Marshes are critically important wildlife habitats, often serving as breeding grounds for a wide variety of animal life.
Constructed wetlands featuring surface-flow design are usually in the form of a marsh.


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marshy in Arabic: أهوار
marshy in Bulgarian: Блато
marshy in Catalan: Aiguamoll
marshy in Danish: Marsk
marshy in German: Marsch (Schwemmland)
marshy in Spanish: Marisma
marshy in Persian: مانداب
marshy in French: Marais
marshy in Western Frisian: Sompe
marshy in Ido: Marsho
marshy in Icelandic: Mýri
marshy in Hebrew: אדמת ביצה
marshy in Hungarian: Mocsár
marshy in Dutch: Moeras
marshy in Japanese: 沼
marshy in Norwegian: Marsk
marshy in Narom: Mathais
marshy in Uighur: سازلىق
marshy in Polish: Bagno
marshy in Portuguese: Marisma
marshy in Russian: Марши
marshy in Swedish: Kärr
marshy in Turkish: Bataklık

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