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bog1

[bog, bawg] /bɒg, bɔg/
noun
1.
wet, spongy ground with soil composed mainly of decayed vegetable matter.
2.
an area or stretch of such ground.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), bogged, bogging.
3.
to sink in or as if in a bog (often followed by down):
We were bogged down by overwork.
Verb phrases
4.
bog in, Australian Slang. to eat heartily and ravenously.
Origin
1495-1505
1495-1505; < Irish or Scots Gaelic bogach soft ground (bog soft + -ach noun suffix); (def 4) perhaps a different word
Related forms
boggish, adjective

bog2

[bog, bawg] /bɒg, bɔg/
noun, Usually, bogs, British Slang.
1.
a lavatory; bathroom.
Origin
1780-90; probably shortening of bog-house; compare bog to defecate, boggard (16th century) privy, of obscure origin
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Examples from the web for bogs
  • Instead, it must have been produced by swamps, marshes and bogs.
  • And historical inquiry inevitably bogs down in complexity.
  • Thus equipped, bikes are ideal for freeway riding, but are not cut out to ford wild streams or plough through squelching bogs.
  • There are records of high density populations where there are now crofts and bogs.
  • Guests are invited to take a self-guided walking tour of the cranberry bogs anytime during the year.
  • The park has a rock crawling section, peewee track and mud bogs.
  • Visit bogs, river bars and meadows filled with midsummer wildflowers.
  • One pair of walking shoes, a pair of boots for rainy days trekking through bogs and mud, and one pair of dress shoes or sandals.
  • The area is also known for its two historic, fully functional lighthouses, oyster farms and cranberry bogs.
  • The park's cranberry bogs are leased and farmed by private operators.
British Dictionary definitions for bogs

bog

/bɒɡ/
noun
1.
wet spongy ground consisting of decomposing vegetation, which ultimately forms peat
2.
an area of such ground
3.
a place or thing that prevents or slows progress or improvement
4.
a slang word for lavatory (sense 1)
5.
(Austral, slang) the act or an instance of defecating
See also bog down, bog in, bog off
Derived Forms
boggy, adjective
bogginess, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Gaelic bogach swamp, from bog soft
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Word Origin and History for bogs

bog

n.

c.1500, from Gaelic and Irish bogach "bog," from adjective bog "soft, moist," from PIE *bhugh-, from root *bheugh- "to bend" (see bow (v.)). Bog-trotter applied to the wild Irish from 1670s.

v.

"to sink (something or someone) in a bog," c.1600, from bog (n.). Intransitive use from c.1800. Related: Bogged; bogging.

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bogs in Science
bog
  (bôg)   
An area of wet, spongy ground consisting mainly of decayed or decaying peat moss (sphagnum) and other vegetation. Bogs form as the dead vegetation sinks to the bottom of a lake or pond, where it decays slowly to form peat. Peat bogs are important to global ecology, since the undecayed peat moss stores large amounts of carbon that would otherwise be released back into the atmosphere. Global warming may accelerate decay in peat bogs and release more carbon dioxide, which in turn may cause further warming.
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Related Abbreviations for bogs

BOG

El Dorado International Airport (Bogotá, Colombia)
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