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estuary

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noun es·tu·ary \ˈes-chə-ˌwer-ē, ˈesh-\

Simple Definition of estuary

  • : an area where a river flows into the sea

Full Definition of estuary

plural es·tu·ar·ies

  1. :  a water passage where the tide meets a river current; especially :  an arm of the sea at the lower end of a river

Examples of estuary

  1. <the city sits on the shores of a deep estuary where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean>



Origin of estuary

Latin aestuarium, from aestus boiling, tide; akin to Latin aestas summer — more at edify


First Known Use: 1538

Rhymes with estuary

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ESTUARY Defined for Kids

estuary

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noun es·tu·ary \ˈes-chə-ˌwer-ē\

Definition of estuary

plural es·tu·ar·ies

  1. :  an arm of the sea at the lower end of a river





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