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brackish

[brak-ish] /ˈbræk ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
slightly salt; having a salty or briny flavor.
2.
distasteful; unpleasant.
Origin of brackish
1530-1540
1530-40; < Dutch brak salty + -ish1
Related forms
brackishness, noun
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  • A brackish breeze blew off the Black Sea, mixing with rotting garbage, human sweat, cheap cleaning products, and undefined fumes.

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brackish

/ˈbrækɪʃ/
adjective
1.
(of water) slightly briny or salty
Derived Forms
brackishness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Dutch brac salty; see -ish
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Word Origin and History for brackish
adj.

1530s, from Scottish brack "salty" (see brack) + -ish. Related: Brackishness.

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brackish in Science
brackish
  (brāk'ĭsh)   
Containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water. Brackish water is somewhat salty.
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