Trel (trellia_chan) wrote in 1word1day,

Wednesday word: Swale

Swale: [sweyl]

1. A low tract of land, especially one that is moist or marshy, often with ranker vegetation than that of the adjacent higher lands.

2. A valleylike intersection of two slopes in a piece of land.

3.A manmade ditch designed to manage water runoff, filter pollutants, and increase rainwater infiltration.

Origin: 1400-50; late Middle English; originally a cool, shady spot, perhaps Old Norse svalr meaning cool, or svalir meaning a covered porch.
Tags: norse, noun, old english, s, wordsmith: trellia_chan

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