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marsh

Overview page. Subjects: Biological Sciences.

A more or less permanently wet area of mineral soil (as opposed to a peaty area), typically found around the edges of a lake or on an undrained river flood-plain. Colloquially, ‘marsh’ is...

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Bugsby's Marsh

Edited by Russ Willey.

in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 79 words.

An old name for the Greenwich Marshes. Bugsby may have been the commander of a prison hulk that was once

marsh

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 43 words.

OE. mer(i)sċ = MLG. mersch, marsch, MDu. mersch(e) (whence G. marsch, Du. marsk):- WGmc. *marisk-

Marsh, Narcissus

Edited by Sean McMahon and Jo O'Donoghue.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

January 2006; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 5 words.

Marsh's Library

Edited by Sean McMahon and Jo O'Donoghue.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

January 2006; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 223 words.

The oldest public library in Ireland, built (1701–4) in the garden of St Sepulchre's, St Patrick's Close, Dublin,

Bullfrog of the Pontine Marshes

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 29 words.

A derisive nickname used by Winston Churchill in the Second World War for the Italian Fascist leader Benito Mussolini (

Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh

Edited by John Ayto and Ian Crofton.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 94 words.

A radio comedy series that ran from 1947 to 1953. It was written by and starred Kenneth Horne (

limnology

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 9 words.

XIX. f. Gr. límnē lake, marsh + -OLOGY.

paludal

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 12 words.

pert. to marshes. XIX. f. L. palūs, palūd- marsh. See -AL.

soggy

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 11 words.

(dial., U.S.) swampy. XVIII. f. dial. sog marsh + -Y.

godwit

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 9 words.

marsh-bird resembling the curlew. XVI. of unkn. orig.

moor

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 35 words.

tract of unenclosed waste ground. OE. mōr waste land, marsh, mountain, corr. to OS. mōr marsh, (M)Du. moer, (M)LG.

bittern

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 37 words.

marsh bird with booming note. XIV. Earliest forms botor, butor, etc. — OF. butor — Rom. *būtitaurus

Feileastram

Edited by Sean McMahon and Jo O'Donoghue.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Irish Phrase & Fable

January 2006; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 33 words.

The Irish word for wild iris or yellow flag, a flower that grows plentifully in marsh and bogland in the

Crossness

Edited by Russ Willey.

in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 180 words.

Located at the northern tip of the Erith marshes, Crossness is now an outpost of Thamesmead but this was an

Pedlar's Acre

Edited by Russ Willey.

in Brewer's Dictionary of London Phrase & Fable

January 2009; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 102 words.

A portion of Lambeth Marsh bequeathed to the parish church of St Mary, and possibly originally a ‘squatting place’ of

Crannog

Edited by Susie Dent.

in Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

January 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 39 words.

An often fortified timber dwelling constructed on an island in a lake or marsh, of a type found in prehistoric

Gullah

Edited by Tom McArthur.

in Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language

January 1998; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 352 words.

The name of a member of a black community in the Sea Islands and coastal marshes of South Carolina, Georgia,

brook

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 26 words.

small stream. OE. brōc, corr. to LG. and HG. words meaning ‘marsh, bog’, MLG. brōk. (M)Du. broek,

hollyhock

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 20 words.

†marsh mallow XIII; Althaea rosea XVI. f. HOLY + hock, OE. hoc mallow, with ref. to some sacred assoc.

rush

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 56 words.

marsh or waterside plant. OE. rysċ(e). corr. to MLG., MHG. (Du., G.) rusch. OE. rysċ(e), with the