mudflat

noun
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, 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, 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, 4 Mar. 2020 Around 50 dinosaur footprints that date to the Middle Jurassic Period were found on ancient coastal mudflats. Fox News, 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, SFChronicle.com, 22 Feb. 2020 Restoration continued on the mudflats, seasonal wetlands, coastal prairie and coastal scrub areas. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, 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, 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, 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of mudflat

1795, in the meaning defined above

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“Mudflat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mudflat. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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