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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica


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A bog or marsh, a piece of ground so saturated with water that it cannot support any weight. The word is composed of "quag" or "quake" (O.E. cwacian; cf. "quaver," "quiver") and "mire," mud (Icel. myri, Swed. myr). Skeat suggests that quag may be connected with the root seen in "quick," and quotes ( Etym. Dict. 1898) Piers Plowman, c. xxi. 64, of an earthquake, the earth "quook as it quyke were," i.e. shook as if it were alive.

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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Quagmire'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. 1910.

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