brackish

[brak-ish]
adjective
1.
slightly salt; having a salty or briny flavor.
2.
distasteful; unpleasant.

Origin:
1530–40; < Dutch brak salty + -ish1

brackishness, noun
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brackish (ˈbrækɪʃ)
 
adj
(of water) slightly briny or salty
 
[C16: from Middle Dutch brac salty; see -ish]
 
'brackishness
 
n

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brackish
1530s, from Scottish brack "salty" (see brack) + -ish.
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brackish   (brāk'ĭsh)  Pronunciation Key 
Containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water. Brackish water is somewhat salty.
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Example sentences
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.
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