Marsh Meaning and Definition in Dictionary
- low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water; "thousands of acres of marshland"; "the fens of eastern England" [syn: marshland, fen, fenland]
- United States painter (1898-1954) [syn: Reginald Marsh]
- New Zealand writer of detective stories (1899-1982) [syn: Ngaio Marsh}]
- Marsh \Marsh\, n. [OE. mersch, AS. mersc, fr. mere lake. See
Mere pool, and cf. Marish, Morass.]
A tract of soft wet land, commonly covered partially or
wholly with water; a fen; a swamp; a morass. [Written also
Marsh asphodel (Bot.), a plant (Nartheeium ossifragum)
with linear equitant leaves, and a raceme of small white
flowers; -- called also bog asphodel.
Marsh cinquefoil (Bot.), a plant (Potentilla palustris)
having purple flowers, and found growing in marshy places;
Marsh elder. (Bot.)
(a) The guelder-rose or cranberry tree (Viburnum Opulus).
(b) In the United States, a composite shrub growing in salt
marshes (Iva frutescens).
Marsh five-finger. (Bot.) See Marsh cinquefoil (above).
Marsh gas. (Chem.) See under Gas.
Marsh grass (Bot.), a genus (Spartina) of coarse grasses
growing in marshes; -- called also cord grass. The tall
S. cynosuroides is not good for hay unless cut very
young. The low S. juncea is a common component of salt
Marsh harrier (Zo["o]l.), a European hawk or harrier
(Circus [ae]ruginosus); -- called also marsh hawk,
moor hawk, moor buzzard, puttock.
Marsh hawk. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) A hawk or harrier (Circus cyaneus), native of both
America and Europe. The adults are bluish slate above,
with a white rump. Called also hen harrier, and mouse
(b) The marsh harrier.
Marsh hen (Zo["o]l.), a rail; esp., Rallus elegans of
fresh-water marshes, and R. longirostris of salt-water
Marsh mallow (Bot.), a plant of the genus Alth[ae]a ( A.
officinalis}) common in marshes near the seashore, and
whose root is much used in medicine as a demulcent.
Marsh marigold. (Bot.) See in the Vocabulary.
Marsh pennywort (Bot.), any plant of the umbelliferous
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Marsh Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia
In geography, a marsh is a type of wetland, featuring 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, which is generally deeper than a marsh. In the USA, 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. Estuarine marshes often are based on soils consisting of sandy bottoms or bay muds.
Marshes are critically important wildlife habitat, often serving as breeding grounds for a wide variety of animal life.[See more about Marsh at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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Meaning of the Name 'Marsh'
- Meaning: From the marsh
- Origin: English
- Gender: Male