Later in the spring, she and Elisabeth saw another kind of heron, an American bittern, skulking in some grass by a swamp.
Description: A “swamp cabbage” is a semi-aquatic tropical plant.
No one told them that between the beach and the mountains lay 80 miles of swamp.
1624 (first used by Capt. John Smith, in reference to Virginia), perhaps a dialectal survival from an Old English cognate of Old Norse svoppr "sponge, fungus," from Proto-Germanic *swampuz; but traditionally connected with Middle English sompe "morass, swamp," probably from Middle Dutch somp or Middle Low German sump "swamp." Related to Old Norse svöppr "sponge." Swamp Yankee "rural, rustic New Englander" is attested from 1941.
"overwhelm, sink (as if in a swamp)," 1772, from swamp (n.). Figurative sense is from 1818. Related: Swamped; swamping.