Definition of brackish in English:


Syllabification: brack·ish
Pronunciation: /ˈbrakiSH


  • 1(Of water) slightly salty, as is the mixture of river water and seawater in estuaries.
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    • Apparently any terrain is suitable as long as it is washed regularly by salty or brackish water.
    • All are clad crisply in pre-oxidized copper panels, which are brawn, more than green, though this will change somewhat after winter gales spray the tower with the brackish water of the estuary.
    • Although the water was slightly brackish he soon had some excellent results.
    slightly salty, saline, salt, briny
  • 1.1(Of fish or other organisms) living in or requiring brackish water.
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    • Schram considered Paulocaris to be a brackish to freshwater organism and Mamayocaris to be nearshore marine.
    • In general, development rate is 1.5 to 2 times slower in freshwater calanoid copepods relative to their brackish or marine counterparts.
    • A continuing supply of freshwater from streams entering the lake would have stimulated the growth of algae and other freshwater organisms, resulting in a mix of brackish and freshwater species.
  • 1.2Unpleasant or distasteful: the lighting in the movie is brackish
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    • The city was also their house, they had a living room of brackish buildings downtown, a dark bedroom in Tlanesburgo, an enviable view in Belvedere, and underground passageways that everyone called the Metro.
    • Finally, after what seemed like an age of nervous wriggling and avoiding his careful gaze, she peered up through her fringe, a forest of brackish red quills.
    • ‘I dropped 'em off on the beach ’, Duck shrugged, running a hand through his perpetually brackish blonde hair.



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  • With each seasonal death of the marsh, some of the carp, crabs, and crayfish succeed in escaping to the brackishness of Sonoma Creek, from which they migrated.
  • When used at the table it imparts a slight saltiness without the brackishness or lip cringing effect of other salts.
  • These lovely little drum continued to be rather common this summer, possibly due to the increased brackishness in the Tappan Zee.


mid 16th century: from obsolete brack 'salty', from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch brac.

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