mud·​flat ˈməd-ˌflat How to pronounce mudflat (audio)
: a level tract lying at little depth below the surface of water or alternately covered and left bare by the tide

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This particular mudflat, bordered with vegetation, will then become a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, standing to amplify the problem. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Nov. 2022 Clam digger Scott Lavers paddles his canoe on his way to work on a mudflat exposed by the receding tide, in this Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, file photo in Freeport, Maine. Patrick Whittle, Fortune, 27 Oct. 2022 Irish was drawn to a mudflat littered with glass bottles, which clinked and crunched underfoot. Laura Preston, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 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,, 22 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mudflat was in 1795

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“Mudflat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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mud·​flat ˈməd-ˌflat How to pronounce mudflat (audio)
: a level area of land that lies just below the surface of water or that is repeatedly covered and left bare by the tide

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