- having a slightly salty or briny flavor.
- distasteful; unpleasant.
Origin of brackish
1530–40; < Dutch brak salty + -ish1
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Examples from the Web for brackish
A brackish breeze blew off the Black Sea, mixing with rotting garbage, human sweat, cheap cleaning products, and undefined fumes.Great Weekend Reads
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March 5, 2011
Its water is brackish; that of the Nile is good and pleasant.An Account of Timbuctoo and Housa Territories in the Interior of Africa
Abd Salam Shabeeny
The solution of a base has a soapy feel and a brackish taste.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
It was fresh water, undoubtedly; very cold, and not in the least brackish.Major Vigoureux
A. T. Quiller-Couch
They all found the water deep and brackish, and the current very slow.
And so, you see, she lies there dying in the brackish water.The Lady From The Sea
- (of water) slightly briny or salty
C16: from Middle Dutch brac salty; see -ish
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Word Origin and History for brackish
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water. Brackish water is somewhat salty.
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