briny

1
[brahy-nee]
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Origin of briny

1
First recorded in 1600–10; brine + -y1
Related formsbrin·i·ness, noun

briny

2
[brahy-nee]
noun
  1. ocean.

Origin of briny

2
First recorded in 1825–35; brine + -y2
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Related Words for briny

saline, sea, ocean

Examples from the Web for briny

Contemporary Examples of briny

  • This cider is bone dry and has a really great olive & briny quality that makes it a killer food pairing cider.

  • Since the stone crab is capable of regrowing its claws every 18 months, this break prevents overfishing of the briny delicacy.

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    All Hail the Stone Crab

    Jacquelynn D. Powers

    October 13, 2010

  • We sampled dozens of olive varieties, ranging from light and briny to cured and herbaceous.

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    Into the Heart of Turkey

    Sophie Menin

    September 28, 2010

Historical Examples of briny


British Dictionary definitions for briny

briny

adjective brinier or briniest
  1. of or resembling brine; salty
noun
  1. the briny an informal name for the sea
Derived Formsbrininess, noun
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Word Origin and History for briny
adj.

c.1600, from brine + -y (2). Used earlier of tears than of the ocean (1610s). Related: Brininess.

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