adjective (of water) slightly salty, as in river estuaries.
↘living in or requiring brackish water.
brackishness noun
C16: from obs. brack 'salty', from Mid. Low Ger., MDu. brac.

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  • Brackish — Brack ish, a. [See {Brack} salt water.] Saltish, or salt in a moderate degree, as water in saline soil. [1913 Webster] Springs in deserts found seem sweet, all brackish though they be. Byron. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brackish — (adj.) 1530s, from Scottish brack salty (see BRACK (Cf. brack)) + ISH (Cf. ish). Related: Brackishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • brackish — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of water) slightly salty, as in river estuaries. ORIGIN from obsolete brack «salty», from Low German, Dutch brac …   English terms dictionary

  • brackish — [brak′ish] adj. [earlier Scot brack < MDu brak, salty (< IE * bhrogos < base * bher , to cut > BRINE) + ISH] 1. somewhat salty, as the water of some marshes near the sea 2. having an unpleasant taste; nauseating brackishness n …   English World dictionary

  • brackish — adjective Etymology: Dutch brac salty; akin to Middle Low German brac salty Date: 1538 1. somewhat salty < brackish water > 2. a. not appealing to the taste < brackish tea > b …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • brackish — [[t]bræ̱kɪʃ[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Brackish water is slightly salty and unpleasant. ...shallow pools of brackish water …   English dictionary

  • brackish — adjective a) (of water) salty or slightly salty, as a mixture of fresh and sea water, such as that found in estuaries a low courſe and too long ſporting with the briny Ocean it taſts brackiſh and inſalubrious... b) distasteful; unpleasant;… …   Wiktionary

  • brackish — adj. Brackish is used with these nouns: ↑water …   Collocations dictionary

  • brackish — brack|ish [ˈbrækıʃ] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Dutch; Origin: brac salty ] brackish water is not pure because it is slightly salty …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brackish — brack|ish [ brækıʃ ] adjective brackish water has a slight taste of salt and is therefore not pure …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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