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[brak-ish] /ˈbræk ɪʃ/
slightly salt; having a salty or briny flavor.
distasteful; unpleasant.
Origin of brackish
1530-40; < Dutch brak salty + -ish1
Related forms
brackishness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for brackish
  • Three hundred million people now get their water from the sea or from brackish groundwater that is too salty to drink.
  • As a result, reverse osmosis first became established as a way to treat brackish water.
  • Most are found in tropical and subtropical ocean waters, but some species live in brackish and even fresh water.
  • And mangrove swamps, which buffer many a coastal zone around the world, flourish in brackish conditions.
  • They slink seaward mostly at night to avoid predators, lingering in brackish estuaries to gather strength.
  • She suggested a snakehead, an ancient fish that is today making its way into brackish water.
  • When purchasing tofu, be sure that the cake is whitish in color and that the soak water is clear and not brackish.
  • Farmers have converted mangrove swamps into brackish ponds for shrimp and fish.
  • With sparse and brackish water it helps to have an efficient way of removing salts and minerals.
  • Some are so close to the sea that their waters are brackish rather than fresh.
British Dictionary definitions for brackish


(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

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

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brackish in Science
Containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water. Brackish water is somewhat salty.
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