noun[mass noun] British
Fen woodland or scrub that is typically dominated by alder or willow.
- Reed-fringed dykes in the very centre of the vast Halvergate marshes harbour a few in winter; Fenland osier carrs are equally attractive.
- Blackbirds may be found in a wide range of habitats including dense woodland, coastal sand-dunes, farmland, minute marsh carrs and town and city centres.
- I just had to go out and have a look and chose the carrs and ings (one-time marshlands, reedswamps or whatever) south of West Ayton.
Middle English: from Old Norse kjarr 'brushwood', in kjarr-mýrr 'marsh overgrown with brushwood'.
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