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wet·land

 (wĕt′lănd′)
n.
A lowland area, such as a marsh or swamp, that is saturated with moisture: a program to preserve our state's wetlands.

wetland

(ˈwɛtlənd)
n
(Biology) (sometimes plural)
a. an area of swampy or marshy land, esp considered as part of an ecological system
b. (as modifier): wetland species.

wet•land

(ˈwɛtˌlænd)

n.
Often, wetlands. land that has a wet and spongy soil, as a marsh, swamp, or bog.
[1770–80]

wet·land

(wĕt′lănd′)
A low-lying area of land that is saturated with moisture, especially when regarded as the natural habitat of wildlife. Marshes, swamps, and bogs are examples of wetlands.
Did You Know? The idea of a wetland may strike you as strange, because we usually think of the world as either wet (rivers, lakes, oceans) or dry (mountains, plains, coasts). But wetlands are both. They're soggy enough that you wouldn't want to go camping in them, but there's enough soil for plants like reeds, bushes, and even trees to take root and grow. In the past, many wetlands were filled in to make farmland or to develop the area for housing—more than half of the original wetlands in the continental United States are gone. Today, however, scientists have discovered that wetlands can act like huge filters, removing pollutants from the waters of an area before those substances can do harm. They can serve as reservoirs, and they may help in flood control by absorbing excess water. Wetlands are also home to many different plant and animal species that have evolved to live in the wetland's unique conditions.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wetland - a low area where the land is saturated with waterwetland - a low area where the land is saturated with water
bog, peat bog - wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel
land, soil, ground - material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use); "the land had never been plowed"; "good agricultural soil"
fenland, marsh, marshland, fen - low-lying wet land with grassy vegetation; usually is a transition zone between land and water; "thousands of acres of marshland"; "the fens of eastern England"
swamp, swampland - low land that is seasonally flooded; has more woody plants than a marsh and better drainage than a bog

wetland

noun marsh, moss (Scot. & Northern English dialect), swamp, bog, slough, fen, quagmire, morass wetlands rich in plants, insects and birds

wetland

noun
A usually low-lying area of soft waterlogged ground and standing water:
Translations
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kosteikko

wetland

[ˈwetlənd] Npantano m, zona f húmeda or acuosa
wetlandspantanos mpl, tierras fpl pantanosas

wetland

[ˈwɛtlænd] nzone f humide
areas of wetland → zones humides
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