before 1000; Middle English; Old English brȳne; cognate with Dutch brijn

brineless, adjective
briner, noun
brinish, adjective
brinishness, noun
unbrined, adjective Unabridged
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brine (braɪn)
1.  a strong solution of salt and water, used for salting and pickling meats, etc
2.  the sea or its water
3.  chem
 a.  a concentrated solution of sodium chloride in water
 b.  any solution of a salt in water: a potassium chloride brine
4.  (tr) to soak in or treat with brine
[Old English brīne; related to Middle Dutch brīne, Old Slavonic bridŭ bitter, Sanskrit bibhrāya burnt]

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O.E. bryne, origin unknown; no known cognates beyond Du. brijn, Flem. brijne.
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brine   (brīn)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Water saturated with or containing large amounts of a salt, especially sodium chloride. The high salt content is usually due to evaporation or freezing.

  2. The water of a sea or ocean.

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