- The definition of a bog is small marsh with wet ground made up of decaying plants, usually moss.
An example of a bog is a quaking bog, or a bog that is sturdy enough for walking but causes things to sway when you move on it.
- To bog is to sink, slow or become stuck, usually to "bog down."
An example of bog down is to have lots of stress about studying for an upcoming exam.
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Origin: ; from Gaelic and amp; Irish bog, soft, moist (from source Irish bogach, a bog) ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhugh- ; from base an unverified form bheugh-, to bend from source bow
- boggy adjective
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- a. An area having a wet, spongy, acidic substrate composed chiefly of sphagnum moss and peat in which characteristic shrubs and herbs and sometimes trees usually grow.b. Any of certain other wetland areas, such as a fen, having a peat substrate. Also called peat bog.
- An area of soft, naturally waterlogged ground.
Origin: Irish Gaelic bogach, from bog, soft; see bheug- in Indo-European roots.
- bogˈgi·ness noun
- bogˈgy adjective
bog - Science Definition
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