Marshy; having the characteristics of a wetland.
* 1724 , , The Drapier's Letters (1903 edition), Letter 7:
* 1918 , , The Song of the Lark , part 1, ch. 1:
- Neither should that odious custom be allowed, of cutting scraws, (as they call them) which is flaying off the green surface of the ground, to cover their cabins; or make up their ditches; sometimes in shallow soils, where all is gravel within a few inches; and sometimes in low ground, with a thin greensward, and sloughy underneath; which last turns all into bog, by this mismanagement.
- The Swedish Reform Church was in a sloughy , weedy district, near a group of factories.
* boggy, miry, mucky, swampy
From (etyl), akin to Middle High German ).
The skin shed by a snake or other reptile.
Dead skin on a sore or ulcer.
- That is the slough of a rattler; we must be careful.
- This is the slough that came off of his skin after the burn.
To shed (skin).
To slide off (like a layer of skin).
- This skin is being sloughed .
* 2013 , Casey Watson, Mummy’s Little Helper: The heartrending true story of a young girl :
- A week after he was burned, a layer of skin on his arm sloughed off.
(card games) To discard.
- The mud sloughed off her palms easily
- East sloughed a heart.
* slough off
From (etyl) .
(British) A muddy or marshy area.
* 1883' "That comed - as you call it - of being arrant asses," retorted the doctor, "and not having sense enough to know honest air from poison, and the dry land from a vile, pestiferous '''slough . — ''
(Eastern United States) A type of swamp or shallow lake system, typically formed as or by the backwater of a larger waterway, similar to a bayou with trees.
(Western United States) A secondary channel of a river delta, usually flushed by the tide.
- We paddled under a canopy of trees through the slough .
A state of depression.
- The contains dozens of sloughs that are often used for water-skiing and fishing.
(Canadian Prairies) A small pond, often alkaline, many but not all are formed by glacial potholes.
- John is in a slough .
- Potholes or sloughs formed by a glacier’s retreat from the central plains of North America, are now known to be some of the world’s most productive ecosystems.
* Slough of Despond