marshy

Definitions

  • WE HAD TO PLUNGE THROUGH MARSHY GROUND
    WE HAD TO PLUNGE THROUGH MARSHY GROUND
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj marshy (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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • marshy Pertaining to, or produced in, marshes; as, a marshy weed.
    • marshy Resembling a marsh; wet; boggy; fenny.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • marshy Partaking of the nature of a marsh; swampy; fenny.
    • marshy Produced in or peculiar to marshes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Marshy pertaining to, or produced in, marshes: abounding in marshes
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
E. Marsh
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mersc, for mer-isc, as if 'mere-ish,' full of meres. Cf. mere, a pool.

Usage

In literature:

Cienaga, a marshy place.
"A Truthful Woman in Southern California" by Kate Sanborn
Sugar was grown there in the semi-marshy tracts near the river.
"On the Spanish Main" by John Masefield
He got into a marshy country, intersected by many small canals, which greatly impeded him.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
After a little, the trail became indistinct where it passed through a low, marshy area.
"Tom Slade's Double Dare" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The ground was damp and marshy, the old Collect Pond having originally covered the site, and the streets were filthy beyond description.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
For the snipe, I found them very unexpectedly, I tell you, in a bit of marshy meadow just at the outlet of the pond.
"Warwick Woodlands" by Henry William Herbert (AKA Frank Forester)
The wretched path becomes a good road, the marshy ditch a canal.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
The landing was difficult and marshy.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 118, August, 1887" by Various
The climate is generally mild and temperate, some parts of the coast only being unhealthy owing to a marshy soil.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
At the foot of the hill was a piece of marshy land where there had once been a spring.
"The Statesmen Snowbound" by Robert Fitzgerald
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In poetry:

Beneath the brow of North Ridge
nodding angelica grows;
down through a marshy meadow
a murmuring brooklet flows.
"Sheepfold Tarn" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
The old weird cry of plover comes
Across the marshy ways,
And here the hermit hornet hums,
And here the wild bee strays.
"Heath from the Highlands" by Henry Kendall
O'er marshy pools it faints and flows,
All deaf and dumb and blind;
O'er moor and mountain aimless goes—
The listless woesome wind!
"Songs of the Summer Nights" by George MacDonald
'Twas his task, and he manag'd it well,
The herd of his master to guide,
Where a marshy and desolate dell
Daily drink to the cattle supplied.
"The Lion" by William Hayley
Dear city, round whose marshy rim the Charles
Passes his steel-blue sickle in slow glee,
And, circling ever, slips at last through snarls
Of piers and bridges to the expectant sea.
"Cambridge" by Oscar Fay Adams
Because, in careless confidence,
So oft we leave the narrow way,
Its borders thorny hedges fence,
Beyond them marshy deeps affray;
But farther on, the heavenly road
Lies through the gardens of our God.
"This World" by George MacDonald

In news:

Someone had laid duckboards across the marshy area of the path so that it was passable.
Royal gardener André Le Nôtre (commissioned by Sun King Louis XIV) had little to work with on the narrow, marshy grounds of Versailles.
Dark, dappled light spreads across the white flanks of a beautiful young man, pooling into a soft, marshy gold at his bony feet.
Mallards live in wetlands, rivers, ponds and marshy areas.
Pelodiscus sinensis, said scientists, lives in marshy areas of China and tend to submerge their heads in puddles on dry land, likely as a way to pee.
FROM SCRATCH A marshy spot on the Black Sea in the Anaklia region of Georgia where the government plans to build an entirely new city.
Investigators say they found the body in a remote, marshy area.
High winds and the marshy ground made firefighting efforts difficult, but no homes or buildings are threatened.
Indians, soldiers and ghosts of Camelot have docked on her marshy shores.
It's a swampy, marshy little place that I find to have a particular quality of beauty.
Boasts a diversity of wildlife, including federally protected bog turtles that roam the marshy outskirts.
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In science:

In the old city center of Venice that stretches across 122 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy, the canals serve the function of roads, and every form of transport is on water or on foot.
Comparative Study of Cities as Complex Networks
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