morass

morass

[muh-ras]
noun
1.
a tract of low, soft, wet ground.
2.
a marsh or bog.
3.
marshy ground.
4.
any confusing or troublesome situation, especially one from which it is difficult to free oneself; entanglement.

Origin:
1645–55; < Dutch moeras, alteration (by association with moer marsh; cf. moor1) of Middle Dutch maras < Old French mareis < Germanic. See marsh

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morass (məˈræs)
 
n
1.  a tract of swampy low-lying land
2.  a disordered or muddled situation or circumstance, esp one that impedes progress
 
[C17: from Dutch moeras, ultimately from Old French maraismarsh]

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morass
"wet, swampy tract," 1655, from Du. moeras "marsh, fen," from M.Du. marasch, from O.Fr. marais "marsh," from Frank., possibly from W.Gmc. *marisk, from P.Gmc. *mariskaz "like a lake," from *mari "sea." The M.Du. word was infl. by Du. moer "moor" (see moor (n.)). Fig. use is attested from 1867.
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