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brackish Line breaks: brack|ish
Pronunciation: /ˈbrakɪʃ/

Definition of brackish in English:


1(Of water) slightly salty, as in river estuaries: a cup of brackish water
More example sentences
  • 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, slightly briny, saline, salt, salted;
South African brak
1.1(Of fish or other organisms) living in or requiring brackish water.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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



Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with brackish

blackish, quackish

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