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Swamp vs. Bayou

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Swampnoun

A piece of wet, spongy land; low ground saturated with water; soft, wet ground which may have a growth of certain kinds of trees, but is unfit for agricultural or pastoral purposes.

Bayounoun

A slow-moving, often stagnant creek or river.

Swampnoun

A type of wetland that stretches for vast distances, and is home to many creatures who have adapted specifically to that environment.

Bayounoun

A swamp, a marshy (stagnant) body of water.

Swampverb

To drench or fill with water.

‘The boat was swamped in the storm.’;

Bayounoun

An inlet from the Gulf of Mexico, from a lake, or from a large river, sometimes sluggish, sometimes without perceptible movement except from tide and wind.

‘A dark slender thread of a bayou moves loiteringly northeastward into a swamp of huge cypresses.’;

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Swampverb

To overwhelm; to make too busy, or overrun the capacity of.

‘I have been swamped with paperwork ever since they started using the new system.’;

Bayounoun

a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana)

Swampverb

(figurative) To plunge into difficulties and perils; to overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck.

Bayou

In usage in the Southern United States, a bayou () is a body of water typically found in a flat, low-lying area, and may refer to an extremely slow-moving stream or river (often with a poorly defined shoreline), a marshy lake or wetland or a creek whose current reverses daily due to tides, and which contains brackish water highly conducive to fish life and plankton. Bayous are commonly found in the Gulf Coast region of the southern United States, especially in the Mississippi River Delta.

Swampnoun

Wet, spongy land; soft, low ground saturated with water, but not usually covered with it; marshy ground away from the seashore.

‘Gray swamps and pools, waste places of the hern.’; ‘A swamp differs from a bog and a marsh in producing trees and shrubs, while the latter produce only herbage, plants, and mosses.’;

Swampverb

To plunge or sink into a swamp.

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Swampverb

To cause (a boat) to become filled with water; to capsize or sink by whelming with water.

Swampverb

Fig.: To plunge into difficulties and perils; to overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck.

‘The Whig majority of the house of Lords was swamped by the creation of twelve Tory peers.’; ‘Having swamped himself in following the ignis fatuus of a theory.’;

Swampverb

To sink or stick in a swamp; figuratively, to become involved in insuperable difficulties.

Swampverb

To become filled with water, as a boat; to founder; to capsize or sink; figuratively, to be ruined; to be wrecked.

Swampnoun

low land that is seasonally flooded; has more woody plants than a marsh and better drainage than a bog

Swampnoun

a situation fraught with difficulties and imponderables;

‘he was trapped in a medical swamp’;

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Swampverb

drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged;

‘The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor’;

Swampverb

fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid;

‘the basement was inundated after the storm’; ‘The images flooded his mind’;

Swamp

A swamp is a forested wetland. Swamps are considered to be transition zones because both land and water play a role in creating this environment.

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