mud·​flat | \ ˈməd-ˌflat How to pronounce mudflat (audio) \

Definition of mudflat

: a level tract lying at little depth below the surface of water or alternately covered and left bare by the tide

Examples of mudflat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Deposits from the volcano were washed down into the mudflat. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ancient Toes and Soles of Fossilized Footprints Now 3-D Digitized for the Ages," 20 May 2020 An in-depth footprint analysis has now produced an intriguing theory to explain what the walkers were doing on the day when impressions of their toes and soles were preserved on a mudflat. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ancient Toes and Soles of Fossilized Footprints Now 3-D Digitized for the Ages," 20 May 2020 Standing atop a 16-foot-high seawall on South Korea’s western coast, Chris Purnell and his colleagues slide mesh bags stuffed with empty oyster shells down onto the sandy mudflats of the Geum Estuary. Priyanka Runwal, Scientific American, "Repurposed Oyster Farm Bags Offer New Real Estate for Migratory Birds," 4 Mar. 2020 Around 50 dinosaur footprints that date to the Middle Jurassic Period were found on ancient coastal mudflats. Fox News, "'Dinosaur stomping ground' discovered on Scottish island," 13 Mar. 2020 At the foot of Johnson Street, a large hunk of metal was half awash — apparently the fuel tank or some remnant of the old lumber schooner Lassen, which was retired and run up on the mudflat more than 80 years ago. Carl Nolte,, "The Bay Area is showing off its pink again, and boy is it glorious," 22 Feb. 2020 Restoration continued on the mudflats, seasonal wetlands, coastal prairie and coastal scrub areas. Bill Van Niekerken,, "Remembering Emeryville’s mudflat art — and why the mud won out," 28 Aug. 2019 One set of footprints, found in a layer of compressed sand on a beach in the United Kingdom and dated by its geological context, recorded children and adults apparently migrating across a mudflat. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Relics washed up on beaches reveal lost world beneath the North Sea," 30 Jan. 2020 From the windblown expanses of Devil’s Lake to the famous Mille Lacs mudflats to the western basin of Lake Erie, more walleyes are flopped onto the ice because of jigging spoons than perhaps any other single lure. Outdoor Life, "How To Rig Your Ice Fishing Rods And Reels For Any Fish," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of mudflat

1795, in the meaning defined above

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6 Sep 2020

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“Mudflat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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