Definition of brackish
1 : somewhat salty brackish water
2a : not appealing to the taste brackish teab : repulsive a brackish personality
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Examples of brackish in a Sentence
the office coffee is often some brackish brew that's been sitting around for a couple of hours
the river becomes brackish as we approach the tidemark
Recent Examples of brackish from the Web
Biologists had largely dismissed the first attacks as flukes, and in any case sharks were all but unknown in those brackish waters.
The Indian contingent of more than 300 navy personnel was assisting in the relief, with divers searching the brackish waters and medical teams seeing patients in makeshift tents set up at shelters.
The Indian contingent of more than 300 was assisting, with divers searching the brackish waters and medical teams seeing patients in makeshift tents.
Vibrio are found naturally in brackish waters and can cause life-threatening illness.
The brackish mix of fresh and salt water in Calcasieu Lake, like much of the Southeast Louisiana coast, has created historically a rare paradise for oysters to thrive.
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Did You Know?
When the word brackish first appeared in English in the 1500s, it simply meant "salty," as did its Dutch ancestor "brak." Then, as now, brackish water could simply be a mixture of saltwater and freshwater. Since that time, however, "brackish" has developed the additional meanings of "unpalatable" or "distasteful" - presumably because of the undrinkable quality of saltwater. "The brackish water that we drink / Creeps with a loathsome slime, / And the bitter bread they weigh in scales / Is full of chalk and lime." As this use from Oscar Wilde's "Ballad of Reading Gaol" illustrates, brackish water can also include things other than salt that make it unpleasant to drink.
Origin and Etymology of brackish
Dutch brac salty; akin to Middle Low German brac salty
First Known Use: circa 1552See Words from the same year
BRACKISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of brackish for English Language Learners
: somewhat salty
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Definition of brackish for Students
: somewhat salty brackish water
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