from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An area of soft, wet, low-lying land, characterized by grassy vegetation and often forming a transition zone between water and land.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An area of low, wet land, often with tall grass.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A tract of soft wet land, commonly covered partially or wholly with water; a fen; a swamp; a morass.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tract of water-soaked or partially overflowed land; wet, miry, or swampy ground; a piece of low ground usually more or less wet by reason of overflow, or scattered pools, but often nearly or wholly dry in certain seasons; a swamp; a fen. Low land subject to overflow by the tides is called salt-marsh or tide-marsh.
- n. In Australia, a drained meadow. See the extract.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water
- n. United States painter (1898-1954)
- n. New Zealand writer of detective stories (1899-1982)
Middle English, from Old English mersc; see mori- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English mersh, mershe, from Old English merisc, mersc, from Proto-Germanic *mariskaz (cf. West Frisian mersk, Dutch meers ("grassland, meadow"), German Marsch), from *mari ‘mere’. More at mere. (Wiktionary)