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

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Her descriptions of flora, fauna, mudflats, and Alaskan rituals of fishing and clamming are impressively recognizable, treated not as exotic background but as part of the fabric of the place in which her characters live. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "In “The Unpassing,” an immigrant story set in Alaska explodes both American and Alaska myths," 11 July 2019 Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, China No, those are not extra-large birds in this photo of China's intertidal mudflats and marshes on the coast of Yellow Sea and Gulf of Bohai. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "UNESCO's Newest World Heritage Sites, in Photos," 11 July 2019 Troops would then have a long slog over Taiwan's western mudflats and mountains to reach the capital, Taipei. Ben Westcott, CNN, "A Chinese invasion of Taiwan would be a bloody, logistical nightmare," 23 June 2019 The hyper-aggressive grass crowds out native species, and eats up acre upon acre of tidal mudflat that countless migrating shorebirds desperately need. William Poor, The Verge, "This monster plant is taking over Silicon Valley — should we let it?," 7 Aug. 2018 Low tide was notoriously noxious, when raw sewage and garbage on the mudflats were exposed. Courtney Humphries,, "Boston vs. the rising tide," 28 Apr. 2018 From its tidal mudflats and fruit farms to the the famous museum and gardens, Sandringham is a versatile estate that has seen many a royal occasion. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "Inside Queen Elizabeth II's Private Home at Sandringham Castle," 13 Dec. 2017 Noyes to beach it in the mudflats at Clay and Sansome streets, in the center of the commercial district. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "How ships on dry land helped Gold Rush San Francisco grow," 16 Feb. 2018 Yet more tracks suggest that around a dozen people, mostly women and children, traveled across the mudflat together, striking toward the southwest for parts unknown. Robert Clark, National Geographic, "Treasure Trove of Ancient Human Footprints Found Near Volcano," 10 Oct. 2016

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1795, in the meaning defined above

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