\ ˈbrī-nē How to pronounce briny (audio) \
brinier; briniest

Definition of briny

: of, relating to, or resembling brine or the sea : salty

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brininess noun

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Examples of briny in a Sentence

oysters with a briny flavor
Recent Examples on the Web Some of those investors are backing alternatives including a plan to extract lithium from briny water beneath California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea, about 600 miles south of the Lithium Americas site. New York Times, "The Lithium Gold Rush: Inside the Race to Power Electric Vehicles," 6 May 2021 The ginger is hot and pungent; the seaweed, sweet and briny. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. is in the middle of a chile sauce craze. 16 to try now," 21 Apr. 2021 The oyster menu extends that feeling with a tour of East Coast oyster beds, with buttery PEI Delights from Prince Edward Island, nutty Tatamagouche oysters from Nova Scotia and crisp, briny Blish Points from Massachusetts. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "East Coast oysters: 5 of the best San Antonio oyster bars, restaurants to get them, Fairmount Rooftop Oyster Bar, Little Em's Oyster Bar, Rebelle, Silo Terrace Oyster Bar, Southerleigh at the Pearl," 11 Mar. 2021 Daikons are often pickled and served as a side dish to add a pop of briny flavor to savory dishes. Lizzy Briskin,, "Health benefits of radishes," 8 Mar. 2021 High-toned aromas from a hefty splash of Cabernet Franc still share space with briny minerality. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, "Here’s How to Tell if a Wine Is Worth Aging," 1 Mar. 2021 The butter enriches and sauces the lean chicken breast, the green capers offer a briny, salty quality, and all the fresh lemon juice elevates everything. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "Give chicken piccata a spin with brown butter and fresh mandarins," 5 Feb. 2021 Those investigations showed not only that there was an entire ocean of briny water beneath the ice, but also that hydrothermal activity taking place on and under this alien sea could provide abundant energy and nutrients for ecosystems. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Cassini’s “Grand Finale” Will Be a Blaze of Glory," 14 Sep. 2017 With sweet red onion, briny Kalamata olives and salty feta, this hits all the right notes. Los Angeles Times, "The official frozen pizza power rankings," 27 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of briny

1581, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2021

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“Briny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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\ ˈbrī-nē How to pronounce briny (audio) \
brinier; briniest

Kids Definition of briny

: salty a briny flavor

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