salt marsh

salt marsh
   Flat, poorly drained area that is subject to periodic or occasional overflow by salt water, containing water that is brackish to strongly saline, and usually covered with a thick mat of grassy halophytic plants; e.g., a coastal marsh periodically flooded by the sea, or an inland marsh, (or salina) in an arid region and subject to intermittent overflow by salty water.
   Compare: tidal marsh, mud flat.

Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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  • Salt marsh — Salt Salt, a. [Compar. {Salter}; superl. {Saltest}.] [AS. sealt, salt. See {Salt}, n.] 1. Of or relating to salt; abounding in, or containing, salt; prepared or preserved with, or tasting of, salt; salted; as, salt beef; salt water. Salt tears.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • salt marsh — salt marshes N VAR A salt marsh is an area of flat, wet ground which is sometimes covered by salt water or contains areas of salt water …   English dictionary

  • salt marsh — salt′ marsh n. ecl a marshy tract that is wet with salt water or flooded by the sea • Etymology: bef. 1000 …   From formal English to slang

  • salt marsh — n. grassland that is periodically flooded by salt water …   English World dictionary

  • salt marsh — salt ,marsh noun count a flat area of land that is frequently covered with SALTWATER …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • salt marsh — ► NOUN ▪ an area of coastal grassland that is regularly flooded by seawater …   English terms dictionary

  • Salt marsh — A salt marsh is a type of marsh that is a transitional intertidal between land and salty or brackish water (e.g.: sloughs, bays, estuaries). It is dominated by halophytic (salt tolerant) herbaceous plants. Historically, salt marshes have… …   Wikipedia

  • salt marsh — noun low lying wet land that is frequently flooded with saltwater • Hypernyms: ↑marsh, ↑marshland, ↑fen, ↑fenland * * * noun Etymology: Middle English saltmersh, from salt + mersh marsh more at marsh …   Useful english dictionary

  • salt marsh — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms salt marsh : singular salt marsh plural salt marshes a flat area of land that is frequently covered with saltwater …   English dictionary

  • salt marsh — salt swamp, wetland area containing salt water …   English contemporary dictionary