Definitions for BOGbɒg, bɔg

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bog, peat bog(verb)

    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

  2. bog down, bog(verb)

    cause to slow down or get stuck

    "The vote would bog down the house"

  3. bog down, bog(verb)

    get stuck while doing something

    "She bogged down many times while she wrote her dissertation"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bog(noun)

    a quagmire filled with decayed moss and other vegetable matter; wet spongy ground where a heavy body is apt to sink; a marsh; a morass

  2. Bog(noun)

    a little elevated spot or clump of earth, roots, and grass, in a marsh or swamp

  3. Bog(verb)

    to sink, as into a bog; to submerge in a bog; to cause to sink and stick, as in mud and mire


  1. Bog

    A bog is a mire that accumulates peat, a deposit of dead plant material—often mosses, and in a majority of cases, Sphagnum moss. It is one of the four main types of wetlands. Other names for bogs include mire, quagmire and muskeg; alkaline mires are called fens. Frequently, as the illustration on the right shows, they are covered in Ericaceous shrubs rooted in the Sphagnum moss and peat. The gradual accumulation of decayed plant material in a bog functions as a carbon sink. Bogs occur where the water at the ground surface is acidic and low in nutrients. In some cases, the water is derived entirely from precipitation, in which case they are termed ombrotrophic. Water flowing out of bogs has a characteristic brown colour, which comes from dissolved peat tannins. In general the low fertility and cool climate results in relatively slow plant growth, but decay is even slower owing to the saturated soil. Hence peat accumulates. Large areas of landscape can be covered many meters deep in peat. Bogs have a distinctive group of plant and animal species, and are of high importance for biodiversity, particularly in landscapes that are otherwise settled and farmed.

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