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▪ The extra amount of liner needed to make the bog garden must be allowed for at the planning stage.
▪ A bog garden is a natural extension of a pool in which moisture loving plants can be grown.
▪ However, if a plastic or fibreglass pool is used a small independent polythene lined bog garden will have to be constructed.
▪ Caltha palustris, the marsh marigold her in its single and double-flowered forms, brings sunny colour to the bog garden.
▪ It is reached by stepping stones over the lawn and a small bridge crossing the bog garden and two linking fish pools.
▪ She remembered watching peasants clear the unworked peat bog.
▪ He found a few others: a sphagnum moss peat bog can repel the invasion of pine trees for thousands of years.
▪ The one piece upper has kept my feet dry even when walking through peat bogs.
▪ Of the original 34,500 hectares, only 500 hectares of pristine peat bog now remain.
▪ Old jagged roots dug from peat bogs are especially good.
▪ Most of Lewis is acid peat bog, and much of Harris bare rock.
▪ And for our next trick - the peat bog nappy?
▪ As we walked up the river and got closer to Umbagog Lake, we entered a bog.
▪ But the red maples at the bog already had a red tinge.
▪ Comments: A very hardy plant which, though essentially a bog one, will adapt well to submerged conditions.
▪ For example it might be forced into a river, bog or straight through a wall.
▪ Like oil, gas and coal fields, peat bogs act as vast carbon stores.
▪ Peat bogs, nearly all of which occur in northern latitudes. are some of the most important environments for wetland archaeology.
▪ Suddenly it swooped down towards something in the bog and vanished from sight.
▪ If the images in Myst bog down your screen, pony up the bucks for more memory or a faster video card.
▪ When the referees begin calling the plays and deciding who gets in the game, the entire system begins to bog down.
▪ If the images in Myst bog down your screen, pony up the bucks for more memory or a faster video card.
▪ If the necklace is bogging me down, then those things are doing it too.
▪ They were told to bog off.
▪ When the referees begin calling the plays and deciding who gets in the game, the entire system begins to bog down.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

bog \bog\ (b[o^]g), n. [Ir. & Gael. bog soft, tender, moist: cf. Ir. bogach bog, moor, marsh, Gael. bogan quagmire.]

  1. 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.

    Appalled with thoughts of bog, or caverned pit, Of treacherous earth, subsiding where they tread.
    --R. Jago.

  2. A little elevated spot or clump of earth, roots, and grass, in a marsh or swamp. [Local, U. S.] Bog bean. See Buck bean. Bog bumper (bump, to make a loud noise), Bog blitter, Bog bluiter, Bog jumper, the bittern. [Prov.] Bog butter, a hydrocarbon of butterlike consistence found in the peat bogs of Ireland. Bog earth (Min.), a soil composed for the most part of silex and partially decomposed vegetable fiber. --P. Cyc. Bog moss. (Bot.) Same as Sphagnum. Bog myrtle (Bot.), the sweet gale. Bog ore. (Min.)

    1. An ore of iron found in boggy or swampy land; a variety of brown iron ore, or limonite.

    2. Bog manganese, the hydrated peroxide of manganese.

      Bog rush (Bot.), any rush growing in bogs; saw grass.

      Bog spavin. See under Spavin.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1500, from Gaelic and Irish bogach "bog," from adjective bog "soft, moist," from PIE *bhugh-, from root *bheugh- "to bend" (see bow (v.)). Bog-trotter applied to the wild Irish from 1670s.


"to sink (something or someone) in a bog," c.1600, from bog (n.). Intransitive use from c.1800. Related: Bogged; bogging.


Etymology 1 n. 1 An expanse of marshland. 2 (context Ireland British New Zealand Australia coarse slang English) A toilet. 3 (context US dialect English) A little elevated spot or clump of earth, roots, and grass, in a marsh or swamp. vb. 1 (context intransitive informal English) To become (figuratively or literally) mired or stuck. 2 (context transitive British informal English) To make a mess of something. Etymology 2

vb. (context euphemistic slang British with "off" English) To go away.


n. 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 [syn: peat bog]

  1. v. cause to slow down or get stuck; "The vote would bog down the house" [syn: bog down]

  2. get stuck while doing something; "She bogged down many times while she wrote her dissertation" [syn: bog down]

Bog (disambiguation)

Bog is a wetland of mosses or lichens over waterlogged peat.

Bog or The Bog may also refer to:

Bog (film)

Bog is a horror movie about an aquatic creature. The film was shot in 1978 around Harshaw, Wisconsin.

Bog (album)

Bog is the fourth studio album by the Croatian alternative rock band Pips, Chips & Videoclips, released in November 1999. The album features two singles which were later released separately, "Narko" (March 2000) and "Motorcycle Boy" (May 2001).

Bog won the 2000 Porin Awards in the Best Rock Album and Best Graphic Design categories.


A bog is a wetland 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. They are frequently 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 (rain-fed). 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 metres deep in peat.

Bogs have distinctive assemblages of plant and animal species, and are of high importance for biodiversity, particularly in landscapes that are otherwise settled and farmed.

Usage examples of "bog".

Muirhead on Presbytery matters which would save him a journey to Kirk Aller, when he was busy with the bog hay.

The police and fire department rushed to the snow-covered hill and bogged down on the mushy dirt road.

It was sometimes traded through secret channels to humans under the name of boggle, an elvish joke signifying both the bog from which the liquid originally came, and from the state of mind it readily produced in the humans.

On either side rose the thatched cabins of the peasantry, the peat smoke curling from the chimneys, the little boreens running through the bushes, the brown Irish bogs, the heather in blossom, the turf stacks, the laughing colleens.

He knew how the forms of life branched out from willowherb to bog orchid, waxwing to grebe, elm to paulownia, cichlid to sea-squirt.

After a few hundred yards of thick forest, containing many trees which were quite unknown to me, but which Summerlee, who was the botanist of the party, recognized as forms of conifera and of cycadaceous plants which have long passed away in the world below, we entered a region where the stream widened out and formed a considerable bog.

In the bogs ah dae a long pish, huvin tae bend ma cock really sair soas ah dinnae pish oan the flair which smells ay sick n disinfectant.

The shelve of the beach saved the cave from being flooded and the beetling of the cliff kept it dry and within a couple of feet of the entrance but it could not keep out the rain smell, the raw smell of Kerguelen carried from inland, the smell of bog patches and new washed dolerite and bitter vegetation, keen, like the smell of the Stone Age.

Emily led the way, trotting briskly and chattering about herb gardens and bog gardens and espaliered fruit trees.

Having been always fond of shooting, I took a firelock and went in pursuit of wild ducks, which abounded throughout the bog.

Once freed from the first bog, it became stuck thrice more before the tiny village of Gaur came into view.

All those eyes looking at him: Hake and Jak and Strom like vultures watching a sheep caught in a bog, Gode waiting like something even worse.

Commanding officers bogged down in red tape, giving precedence to protocol .

When the path leads through a bog or a stretch of blackened water see Miss Amelia bend down to let Cousin Lymon scramble on her back -- and see her wading forward with the hunchback settled on her shoulders, clinging to her ears or to her broad forehead.

While others rode the kite skies with whistle-drumming membrances, or periscoped up with long boaconstrictor necks from smoking bogs, or grasped at the teeming sky as they sank to vanish in tombs of black tar, lost in the billion years that had summoned the old man awake.