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brackish

[ brak-ish ]
/ ˈbræk ɪʃ /
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adjective
somewhat salty or briny, as the water in an estuary or salt marsh, which is not as salty as the sea but saltier than a river: These brackish swamps are some of the state’s most important ecosystems.
distasteful; unpleasant: The coffee was brackish and stale.
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Origin of brackish

First recorded in 1550–60; from Dutch brak “salty” + -ish1 (in the sense “somewhat”)

OTHER WORDS FROM brackish

brack·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for brackish

brackish
/ (ˈbrækɪʃ) /

adjective
(of water) slightly briny or salty

Derived forms of brackish

brackishness, noun

Word Origin for brackish

C16: from Middle Dutch brac salty; see -ish
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Scientific definitions for brackish

brackish
[ brăkĭsh ]

Containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water. Brackish water is somewhat salty.
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