or fresh-wa·ter

[fresh-waw-ter, -wot-er]


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.

Origin of freshwater

First recorded in 1520–30; fresh + water Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Word Origin and History for freshwater

also fresh water, 1520s, from fresh (adj.1) + water (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

freshwater in Science



Consisting of or living in water that is not salty.
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