swamp /ˈswɑmp, ˈswɔmp/
Swamp n. Wet, spongy land; soft, low ground saturated with water, but not usually covered with it; marshy ground away from the seashore.
Gray swamps and pools, waste places of the hern. --Tennyson.
A swamp differs from a bog and a marsh in producing trees and shrubs, while the latter produce only herbage, plants, and mosses. --Farming Encyc. (E. Edwards, Words).
Swamp blackbird. Zool. See Redwing (b).
Swamp cabbage Bot., skunk cabbage.
Swamp deer Zool., an Asiatic deer (Rucervus Duvaucelli) of India.
Swamp hen. Zool. (a) An Australian azure-breasted bird (Porphyrio bellus); -- called also goollema. (b) An Australian water crake, or rail (Porzana Tabuensis); -- called also little swamp hen. (c) The European purple gallinule.
Swamp honeysuckle Bot., an American shrub (Azalea viscosa syn. Rhododendron viscosa or Rhododendron viscosum) growing in swampy places, with fragrant flowers of a white color, or white tinged with rose; -- called also swamp pink and white swamp honeysuckle.
Swamp hook, a hook and chain used by lumbermen in handling logs. Cf. Cant hook.
Swamp itch. Med. See Prairie itch, under Prairie.
Swamp laurel Bot., a shrub (Kalmia glauca) having small leaves with the lower surface glaucous.
Swamp maple Bot., red maple. See Maple.
Swamp oak Bot., a name given to several kinds of oak which grow in swampy places, as swamp Spanish oak (Quercus palustris), swamp white oak (Quercus bicolor), swamp post oak (Quercus lyrata).
Swamp ore Min., bog ore; limonite.
Swamp partridge Zool., any one of several Australian game birds of the genera Synoicus and Excalfatoria, allied to the European partridges.
Swamp robin Zool., the chewink.
Swamp sassafras Bot., a small North American tree of the genus Magnolia (Magnolia glauca) with aromatic leaves and fragrant creamy-white blossoms; -- called also sweet bay.
Swamp sparrow Zool., a common North American sparrow (Melospiza Georgiana, or Melospiza palustris), closely resembling the song sparrow. It lives in low, swampy places.
Swamp willow. Bot. See Pussy willow, under Pussy.
Swamp v. t. [imp. & p. p. Swamped p. pr. & vb. n. Swamping.]
1. To plunge or sink into a swamp.
2. Naut. To cause (a boat) to become filled with water; to capsize or sink by whelming with water.
3. Fig.: To plunge into difficulties and perils; to overwhelm; to ruin; to wreck.
The Whig majority of the house of Lords was swamped by the creation of twelve Tory peers. --J. R. Green.
Having swamped himself in following the ignis fatuus of a theory. --Sir W. Hamilton.
Swamp, v. i.
1. To sink or stick in a swamp; figuratively, to become involved in insuperable difficulties.
2. To become filled with water, as a boat; to founder; to capsize or sink; figuratively, to be ruined; to be wrecked.
n 1: low land that is seasonally flooded; has more woody plants
than a marsh and better drainage than a bog [syn: swampland]
2: a situation fraught with difficulties and imponderables; "he
was trapped in a medical swamp"
v 1: drench or submerge or be drenched or submerged; "The tsunami
swamped every boat in the harbor" [syn: drench]
2: fill quickly beyond capacity; as with a liquid; "the
basement was inundated after the storm"; "The images
flooded his mind" [syn: deluge, flood, inundate]