a muddy lagoon, marsh, or lake near the mouth of a river behind part of the delta and more or less protected from open water by a barrier or spit.
an area of mud or silt deposited near the mouth of a river.
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Origin of liman
1855–60; < Russian limán estuary, coastal salt lake < Turkish or Crimean Tatar < Medieval Greek liménion, liménas (compare Greek limḗn harbor)
noun, plural li·mens, lim·i·na [lim-uh-nuh] /ˈlɪm ə nə/.
Origin of limen
First recorded in 1890–95, limen is from the Latin word līmen
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noun plural limens or limina (ˈlɪmɪnə)
Word Origin for limen
C19: from Latin
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n. pl. li•mens
The threshold of a physiological or psychological response.
The external opening of a canal; an entrance.
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