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Swamp vs. Marsh

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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.

Marshnoun

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

Swampnoun

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

Marshnoun

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

Swampverb

To drench or fill with water.

‘The boat was swamped in the storm.’;

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’;

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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.’;

Marshnoun

United States painter (1898-1954)

Swampverb

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

Marshnoun

New Zealand writer of detective stories (1899-1982)

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.’;

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’;

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Swampverb

To plunge or sink into a swamp.

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.

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.

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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’;

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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