Definition of estuary in English:

estuary

Line breaks: es¦tu|ary
Pronunciation: /ˈɛstjʊ(ə)ri
 
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noun (plural estuaries)

The tidal mouth of a large river, where the tide meets the stream.
More example sentences
  • The turtles spend most of their lives in mangrove-lined tidal estuaries, where rivers flow into the sea.
  • It is a land of undulating hills and hollows, dips and drumlins, rivers, inlets, estuaries and lakes, dotted with homes and barns.
  • The Hiberno-Norse towns were all located at trans-shipment points on the upper tidal estuaries of the larger Irish river systems.
Synonyms
(river) mouth, firth;
delta
archaic embouchure, debouchure, debouchment, discharge, disemboguement
Scottish archaic inver, water mouth

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting a tidal inlet of any size): from Latin aestuarium 'tidal part of a shore', from aestus 'tide'.

Derivatives

estuarial

adjective
More example sentences
  • Although there were only a limited number of estuarial harbours capable of sheltering a large fleet, successful landings were frequent.
  • But not every pier is worth diving; boat traffic, access, fishing lines, current, estuarial visibility and concrete constructions defy divers, however promising they might seem from above.
  • You'd have to point to the staggering environmental cost of this development, the degradation of almost every aspect of life - air, water, estuarial life, forestry, grasslands.

estuarine

adjective
More example sentences
  • The bogs, fens, and estuarine marshes in the Lower Fraser Valley and Fraser Delta of British Columbia support large vegetable-growing operations.
  • Ashtamudi Wetland, the extensive estuarine system that is the second largest in Kerala State, is of extraordinary importance, according to experts.
  • Threats to this fish include overfishing, pollution of coastal waters, and loss of wetland and estuarine habitats.

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