freshet

[ fresh-it ]
/ ˈfrɛʃ ɪt /

noun

a freshwater stream flowing into the sea.
a sudden rise in the level of a stream, or a flood, caused by heavy rains or the rapid melting of snow and ice.

Origin of freshet

1590–1600; fresh (noun) + -et
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British Dictionary definitions for freshet

freshet

/ (ˈfrɛʃɪt) /

noun

the sudden overflowing of a river caused by heavy rain or melting snow
a stream of fresh water emptying into the sea

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