\ 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 For years, the two of us have been charting a bloody course across the briny blue, looting every schooner fool enough to drift into our ken. Simon Rich, The New Yorker, "Learning the Ropes," 28 Feb. 2020 About 75 percent of the world’s lithium is trapped in underground deposits of briny water that contains a mixture of salts., "Stories you may have missed from the world of business," 23 Feb. 2020 Most of the world’s lithium is found in underground pools of briny water. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "A Bill Gates-led fund is pumping millions into “game changer” lithium mining technology," 21 Feb. 2020 Salt lowers the melting temperature of ice, so under these conditions, water ice sitting atop the briny soils immediately begins to melt first before sublimating away into the atmosphere. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "While We Get Snow During Our Winter, Martians May Get Salty Water During Theirs," 13 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of briny

1581, in the meaning defined above

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25 Mar 2020

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“Briny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 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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