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Marsh vs. Mire

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Marshnoun

an area of low, wet land, often with tall grass

Mirenoun

Deep mud; moist, spongy earth.

Marshnoun

A tract of soft wet land, commonly covered partially or wholly with water; a fen; a swamp; a morass.

Mirenoun

An undesirable situation, a predicament.

Marshnoun

low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water;

‘thousands of acres of marshland’; ‘the fens of eastern England’;

Mirenoun

(obsolete) An ant.

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Marshnoun

United States painter (1898-1954)

Mireverb

(transitive) To cause or permit to become stuck in mud; to plunge or fix in mud.

‘to mire a horse or wagon’;

Marshnoun

New Zealand writer of detective stories (1899-1982)

Mireverb

(intransitive) To sink into mud.

Marshnoun

an area of low-lying land which is flooded in wet seasons or at high tide, and typically remains waterlogged at all times

‘marsh plants’; ‘patches of marsh’; ‘the marsh marigold loves damp fields, riverbanks, and marshes’;

Mireverb

To weigh down.

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Marsh

A marsh is a wetland that is dominated by herbaceous rather than woody plant species. Marshes can often be found at the edges of lakes and streams, where they form a transition between the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

Mireverb

(intransitive) To soil with mud or foul matter.

Mirenoun

An ant.

Mirenoun

Deep mud; wet, spongy earth.

‘He his rider from the lofty steedWould have cast down and trod in dirty mire.’;

Mireverb

To cause or permit to stick fast in mire; to plunge or fix in mud; as, to mire a horse or wagon.

Mireverb

To stick or entangle; to involve in difficulties; - often used in the passive or predicate form; as, we got mired in bureaucratic red tape and it took years longer than planned.

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Mireverb

To soil with mud or foul matter.

‘Smirched thus and mired with infamy.’;

Mireverb

To stick in mire.

Mirenoun

a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

Mireverb

entrap;

‘Our people should not be mired in the past’;

Mireverb

cause to get stuck as if in a mire;

‘The mud mired our cart’;

Mireverb

be unable to move further;

‘The car bogged down in the sand’;

Mireverb

soil with mud, muck, or mire;

‘The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden’;

Mirenoun

a stretch of swampy or boggy ground

‘acres of land had been reduced to a mire’;

Mirenoun

soft mud or dirt

‘the roads retained their winter mire’;

Mirenoun

a wetland area or ecosystem based on peat.

Mirenoun

a complicated or unpleasant situation from which it is difficult to extricate oneself

‘the service is sinking in the mire of its own regulations’;

Mireverb

cause to become stuck in mud

‘sometimes a heavy truck gets mired down’;

Mireverb

cover or spatter with mud

‘the horse waded through the red mud that mired it to its hocks’;

Mireverb

involve someone or something in (a difficult situation)

‘the economy is mired in its longest recession since the war’;

Mire

A mire, peatland, or quagmire is a wetland area dominated by living peat-forming plants. Mires arise because of incomplete decomposition of organic matter, usually litter from vegetation, due to water-logging and subsequent anoxia.

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