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freshwater

or fresh-wa·ter

[ fresh-waw-ter, -wot-er ]
/ ˈfrɛʃˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər /
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adjective
of or living in water that is fresh or not salt: freshwater fish.
accustomed to fresh water only, and not to the sea: a freshwater sailor.
small, provincial, or little known: a freshwater college.
Obsolete. untrained or of little experience.
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Origin of freshwater

First recorded in 1520–30; fresh + water

Other definitions for freshwater (2 of 2)

fresh water

noun
water that does not contain a large amount of salt.
inland water, as ponds, lakes, or streams, that is not salt.

Origin of fresh water

before 900; Middle English; Old English
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How to use freshwater in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for freshwater

freshwater
/ (ˈfrɛʃˌwɔːtə) /

noun (modifier)
of, relating to, or living in fresh water
(esp of a sailor who has not sailed on the sea) unskilled or inexperienced
US small and little knowna freshwater school
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Scientific definitions for freshwater

freshwater
[ frĕshwô′tər ]

Consisting of or living in water that is not salty.
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