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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
marshy, forested region between Norfolk, Va., & Albemarle Sound, N.C.: c. 30 mi (48 km) long; traversed by a canal that is part of the Intracoastal Waterway
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
or Great Dis·mal Swamp
A swampy region of southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina. The heavily forested area has been greatly reduced by drainage. George Washington surveyed the Dismal Swamp in 1763.