\ 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 The briny-sweet shrimp filling in the har gow nearly explodes with juiciness. Chris Morocco, Bon Appétit, "I Picked Up My Life and Moved Just to Be Closer to This Brooklyn Dumpling Spot," 7 Feb. 2020 Pickling beets can extract some of their earthiness and replace it with briny brightness that complements their crunch. Washington Post, "7 ways to make beets taste as good as they look," 9 Jan. 2020 Next, in keeping with the Pompeian penchant for seafood, was a briny dish of pickled mussels sitting in a lovage froth and seasoned with mussel cream and garum. Meara Sharma, New York Times, "How to Eat Dinner Like the Last Citizens of Pompeii," 24 Dec. 2019 This herbaceous dip from northern Iran hits all the right notes with briny green olives, fresh cilantro and mint, fruity pomegranate molasses and arils and rich-nuttiness from walnuts. Washington Post, "8 recipes featuring the pomegranate, the jewel of fruits," 9 Jan. 2020 And since their discovery, these briny burps from the vast ocean beneath the moon’s icy crust have generated a fair bit of buzz. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Swelling, Freezing Seas May Have Given Enceladus Its Tiger Stripes," 10 Dec. 2019 The botanticals emerged with a light, briny quality and a bit of umami. Josh Noel,, "Put that vodka down! Punch up your bloody mary with whiskey, tequila, gin or ... Malort?," 24 Sep. 2019 The sweet and briny scallops perfectly play off the spicy sauce and the crunchy, salty chicharrones. Eric Velasco, al, "Downtown restaurant and rum bar transports guests to Old Havana," 5 Dec. 2019 Fish sauce starts out as tiny fish and ends up as a beautifully complex, fishy, briny, savory, funky sauce with just a touch of sweetness. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "Fish sauce is the savory, funky MVP in these 10 recipes," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of briny

1581, in the meaning defined above

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12 Feb 2020

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“Briny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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