a tract of low wet land, often treeless and periodically inundated, generally characterized by a growth of grasses, sedges, cattails, and rushes.

before 900; Middle English mershe, Old English mer(i)sc (cognate with German Marsch). See mere2, -ish1; cf. marais, marish, morass

marshlike, adjective

swamp, bog, fen, marshland, wetland. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
marsh (mɑːʃ)
Compare swamp low poorly drained land that is sometimes flooded and often lies at the edge of lakes, streams, etcRelated: paludal
Related: paludal
[Old English merisc; related to German Marsch, Dutch marsk; related to mere²]

Marsh (mɑːʃ)
1.  Dame (Edith) Ngaio (ˈnaɪəʊ). 1899--1981, New Zealand crime writer, living in Britain (from 1928). Her many detective novels include Final Curtain (1947) and Last Ditch (1977)
2.  Rodney (William). born 1947, Australian cricketer. He finished his career with a world record of 355 Test match dismissals

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Word Origin & History

O.E. mersc, merisc, from W.Gmc. *marisko (cf. Du. mars, Ger. Marsch), probably from P.Gmc. *mari- "sea" (see mere (n.)).
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marsh   (märsh)  Pronunciation Key 
An area of low-lying wetland in which the level of water is generally shallow and often fluctuating. The water may be either standing or slow-moving. The water in a marsh is also more or less neutral or alkaline, in contrast to the water in a bog, which is acidic. The environment of a marsh is in general well-oxygenated and nutrient-rich and allows a great variety of organisms to flourish. In contrast to a swamp, in which there is an abundance of woody plants, the plants in a marsh are mostly herbaceous. Reeds and rushes dominate the vegetation of marshes. See also salt marsh.
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Example sentences
Now storm water flows on the surface, in the form of streams and marshes.
Where marshes have been drained to create tracts for new housing, ground will
  shrink, too.
He is a bane to raccoons, hunting them fearlessly in the marshes and battling
  as readily in the water as on the bank.
The problem is one of geology and building on what were marshes.
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