marish [mar-ish]Archaic. ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a marsh.


  1. marshy.

Origin of marish 1300–50; Middle English mareis Middle French; see marais Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for marish Historical Examples of marish

  • When king Richard saw the earles companie was passed the marish; he did command with all hast to set vpon them.

    Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (3 of 6): England (6 of 9)

    Raphael Holinshed

  • Remember the marish mosses in the rotting fosse which encircled the “Moated Grange.”

    Claret and Olives, from the Garonne to the Rhone

    Angus B. Reach

  • Early the next morning we mounted the hill along a wooden footway, bridging one marish spot after another.

    The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson – Swanston Edition

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Three thousand mares of his the marish grazed, Each suckling with delight her tender foal.

    The Iliad of Homer


  • British Dictionary definitions for marish marish adjective

    1. obsolete marshy; swampy

    Word Origin for marish C14: from Old French marais marsh Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for marish n.

    “a marsh,” early 14c., mares, from Old French marois “marshland, bog” (12c., Modern French marais), from Frankish *marisk or some other Germanic source akin to marsh.

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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