[ sawlt-waw-ter, -wot-er ]
/ ˈsɔltˈwɔ tər, -ˈwɒt ər /


of or relating to salt water.
inhabiting salt water: a saltwater fish.


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Origin of saltwater

First recorded in 1520–30; salt1 + water Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for saltwater

/ (ˈsɔːltˌwɔːtə) /


of, relating to, or inhabiting salt water, esp the seasaltwater fishes
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Scientific definitions for saltwater

[ sôltwô′tər ]

Consisting of or living in salty water, especially seawater.
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