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Dictionary Definition

morass n : a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot [syn: mire, quagmire, quag]

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  1. A tract of soft, wet ground; a marsh; a fen.
  2. Anything that entraps or makes progress difficult.


Extensive Definition

In geography, a marsh, or morass, is a type of wetland which is subject to frequent or continuous inundation. Typically a marsh features grasses, rushes, reeds, typhas, sedges, and other herbaceous plants (possibly with low-growing woody plants) in a context of shallow water. A marsh is different from a swamp, which has a greater proportion of open water surface, and is generally deeper than a marsh. In North America, the term swamp is used for wetland dominated by trees rather than grasses and low herbs.
The water of a marsh can be fresh, brackish or saline. Coastal marshes may be associated with estuaries and along waterways between coastal barrier islands and the inner coast. The estuarine marsh, or tidal marsh, is often based on soils consisting of sandy bottoms or bay muds. An example is the Tantramar Marsh of eastern Canada.
Below water decomposition processes often produce marsh gas, which may through self-ignition manifest as Will o' the wisps (aka. Jack-a-lanterns or spirites).
Marshes are critically important wildlife habitats, often serving as breeding grounds for a wide variety of animal life.
Constructed wetlands featuring surface-flow design are usually in the form of a marsh.


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morass in Arabic: أهوار
morass in Bulgarian: Блато
morass in Catalan: Aiguamoll
morass in Danish: Marsk
morass in German: Marsch (Schwemmland)
morass in Spanish: Marisma
morass in Persian: مانداب
morass in French: Marais
morass in Western Frisian: Sompe
morass in Ido: Marsho
morass in Icelandic: Mýri
morass in Hebrew: אדמת ביצה
morass in Hungarian: Mocsár
morass in Dutch: Moeras
morass in Japanese: 沼
morass in Norwegian: Marsk
morass in Narom: Mathais
morass in Uighur: سازلىق
morass in Polish: Bagno
morass in Portuguese: Marisma
morass in Russian: Марши
morass in Swedish: Kärr
morass in Turkish: Bataklık

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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