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Swamp vs. Bayou

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Main Difference

The main difference between Swamp and Bayou is that the Swamp is a wetland with trees and Bayou is a Franco-English term for a body of water typically found in flat, low-lying area.

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  • Swamp (noun)

    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.

  • Swamp (noun)

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

  • Swamp (verb)

    To drench or fill with water.

    "The boat was swamped in the storm."

  • Swamp (verb)

    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."

  • Swamp (verb)

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

  • Bayou (noun)

    A slow-moving, often stagnant creek or river.

  • Bayou (noun)

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

Wiktionary
  • Swamp (noun)

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

  • Swamp

    To plunge or sink into a swamp.

  • Swamp

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

  • Swamp

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

  • Swamp (verb)

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

  • Swamp (verb)

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

  • Bayou (noun)

    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.

Webster Dictionary
  • Swamp (noun)

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

  • Swamp (noun)

    a situation fraught with difficulties and imponderables;

    "he was trapped in a medical swamp"

  • Swamp (verb)

    drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged;

    "The tsunami swamped every boat in the harbor"

  • Swamp (verb)

    fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid;

    "the basement was inundated after the storm"

    "The images flooded his mind"

  • Bayou (noun)

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

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