Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, resembling, or characterized by a marsh or marshes; boggy.
  • adj. Growing in marshes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or resembling a marsh; boggy.
  • adj. Growing in marshy ground.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling a marsh; wet; boggy; fenny.
  • adj. Pertaining to, or produced in, marshes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Partaking of the nature of a marsh; swampy; fenny.
  • Produced in or peculiar to marshes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of soil) soft and watery

Etymologies

marsh +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • MYERS: What about the levees put down into this -- what we call a marshy area -- that are not deep enough, that are not supported enough and the water scours underneath?

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  • Hip boots or even breathable waders work better in marshy areas.

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  • Some of the many workers who were able to continue Laveran's work on the spot, in marshy areas, were destined to reach the goal before Laveran by the indirect approach which he had indicated.

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  • We kept on finding traces of the party in marshy spots, and once Tish hopped off her horse and picked up a small handkerchief with a colored border and held it up to us.

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  • Driving along a road as smooth as a ball-room floor, shaded by large trees, made picturesque by native houses built on pins in marshy land on either side, which tended to dampen our surprise at the great number of graveyards and the generous way in which they were filled, we drove to the town.

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  • It is singular that at a moment when the soil is generally frost-bound, any plant should find out that spring is at hand; but toward the close of February, or beginning of March, the skunk-cabbage makes a good guess at the time of the year, and comes up in marshy spots, on the banks of ponds and streams.

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  • The balsam is less common, generally found in marshy spots, in company with its kinsman, the tamarack, which in summer, at least, has all the appearance of an evergreen.

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  • It and the flag, or bulrush, grow only in marshy places (such as are along the Nile).

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  • It is true that he hints at marshes near Cotrone, and, indeed, large tracts of south Italy are described as marshy by the ancients; they may well have harboured the anopheles mosquito from time immemorial, but it does not follow that they were malarious.

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  • Inarus, the author of the revolt, was betrayed, and perished on the cross, and the whole of Egypt once more succumbed to the Persian yoke, save only that portion called the marshy or fenny parts (under the dominion of a prince named Amyrtaeus), protected by the nature of the soil and the proverbial valour of the inhabitants.

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