Definition of swale in English:


Syllabification: swale
Pronunciation: /swāl


chiefly North American & dialect
A low or hollow place, especially a marshy depression between ridges.
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  • At the locality in question, cast-dipping beds of the Middle Permian Park City and Phosphoria Formations form a succession of low ridges and intervening swales.
  • Landscaping involved land leveling by lowering ridges and filling swales and was undertaken in connection with the construction of plazas and other special-use areas within most Mississippian centers.
  • The orchids occurred in wet marshy swales and in open margins of wet shrubby thickets and ponds.


early 16th century: British, of unknown origin.

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