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salt marsh

a marshy tract that is wet with salt water or flooded by the sea.
Origin of salt marsh
before 1000; Middle English saltmerche, Old English sealtne mersc
Related forms
salt-marsh, saltmarsh, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for salt-marsh
Historical Examples
  • Many of the salt-marsh plants seen in the Feejees, were also observed here.

  • The children were all down in the salt-marsh playing at marriage-by-capture.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • Now it must look out for itself, eat, grow fat and strong, and then dig its way out into the salt-marsh.

    Little Busybodies Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
  • Steered east for twelve miles, over spinifex sand-hills with some salt-marsh flats intervening.

  • In my portfolio were sketches and studies of the salt-marsh, and in my heart were hopes.

    Rodman the Keeper Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • The rattletrap followed the long causeway which crossed the salt-marsh and the San Sebastian River.

    Horace Chase Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Many of the salt-marsh plants seen in the Fijis, were also observed here.

  • The Connecticut is here tame and uninteresting, with near shores of salt-marsh flatness.

  • Thus the station of a plant may be a salt-marsh, a hill-side, the bed of the sea, or a stagnant pool.

    Principles of Geology Charles Lyell
  • As they struggled through the salt-marsh, the rank sedge cut their naked limbs, and the tide rose to their waists.

British Dictionary definitions for salt-marsh

salt marsh

an area of marshy ground that is intermittently inundated with salt water or that retains pools or rivulets of salt or brackish water, together with its characteristic halophytic vegetation
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salt-marsh in Science
salt marsh  
A marsh in which the water is saline, especially a coastal wetland that has halophyte vegetation and is regularly flooded at high tide. Coastal salt marshes help to preserve the shoreline by accommodating storm tides.
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