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estuary

[es-choo-er-ee] /ˈɛs tʃuˌɛr i/
noun, plural estuaries.
1.
that part of the mouth or lower course of a river in which the river's current meets the sea's tide.
2.
an arm or inlet of the sea at the lower end of a river.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin aestuārium channel, creek, inlet, equivalent to aestu(s) tide + -ārium -ary
Related forms
estuarial
[es-choo-air-ee-uh l] /ˌɛs tʃuˈɛər i əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Can be confused
delta, estuary.
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Examples from the web for estuary
  • The accident occurred near midnight on Wednesday near the estuary of the port channel.
  • As soon as we entered the estuary of the Plata, the weather was very unsettled.
  • The more fresh water is pumped out, the more sea water flows in to the estuary.
  • The spill affected the inner harbor and a nearby estuary.
  • This estuary provides clean water for farms and cities in California.
  • France for example has legislation protecting the seals of the Somme estuary.
  • The swimming pool overlooks the estuary.
  • It was almost cute but still had the lovely sweeping view of the estuary.
  • Here, a bench is positioned to take in the view of a coastal estuary.
  • The primate's skeleton, he said, likely washed into the shallow estuary from the coastline.
British Dictionary definitions for estuary

estuary

/ˈɛstjʊərɪ/
noun (pl) -aries
1.
the widening channel of a river where it nears the sea, with a mixing of fresh water and salt (tidal) water
2.
an inlet of the sea
Derived Forms
estuarial (ˌɛstjʊˈɛərɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin aestuārium marsh, channel, from aestus tide, billowing movement, related to aestās summer
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Word Origin and History for estuary
n.

1530s, from Latin aestuarium "a tidal marsh or opening," from aestus "boiling (of the sea), tide, heat," from PIE *aidh- "to burn" (see edifice). Related: Estuaries; estuarine.

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estuary in Science
estuary
  (ěs'ch-ěr'ē)   
  1. The wide lower course of a river where it flows into the sea. Estuaries experience tidal flows and their water is a changing mixture of fresh and salt.

  2. An arm of the sea that extends inland to meet the mouth of a river.


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estuary in Culture
estuary [(es-chooh-er-ee)]

A wide body of water formed where a large river meets the sea. It contains both fresh and salt water.

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