estuarine

adjective

es·​tu·​a·​rine ˈes-chə-(wə-)ˌrīn How to pronounce estuarine (audio)
-ˌrēn,
-ˌrin,
ˈesh-
: of, relating to, or formed in an estuary
estuarine currents
estuarine animals

Examples of estuarine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kayak along Salt Run, the estuarine tidal marsh, or hike the Ancient Dunes Nature Trail, which loops through a maritime hammock and four miles of beach. Jp Shaffer, Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 Australia, in addition to its white shark populations on the coast, also has bull sharks in and around its estuarine rivers. USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2024 The country also has estuarine rivers with bull sharks, a species that was responsible for one fatal attack in 2023. Sage Marshall, Field & Stream, 8 Feb. 2024 Tommie sat in the cab of a purple airboat, filming with a camcorder as his friend carved through the estuarine maze. Michael Adno, Rolling Stone, 7 Jan. 2024 Plump mussels plucked from the Rías Baixas (a series of estuarine inlets in Galicia, Spain) are hand-tinned in an escabeche sauce marinade made with extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, paprika and sea salt. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 Queensland government records indicate that between 1985 and 2016, there were a total of 17 non-fatal attacks and eight fatal attacks by estuarine crocodiles. Jon Haworth, ABC News, 3 May 2023 At one estuarine location, fish survived exposure to salinity fluctuations of ~28 ‰ every 6 h for several days. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2014 Green crabs have been linked to declines in eelgrass, which is an essential habitat and food source for marine and estuarine organisms, as well as a valuable component of marine ecosystems that helps to keep the water clean and protect shorelines from storms. Scott Carroll, oregonlive, 29 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of estuarine was in 1846

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“Estuarine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/estuarine. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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