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fresh water

noun
1.
water that does not contain a large amount of salt.
2.
inland water, as ponds, lakes, or streams, that is not salt.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English

freshwater

[fresh-waw-ter, -wot-er] /ˈfrɛʃˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər/
adjective
1.
of or living in water that is fresh or not salt:
freshwater fish.
2.
accustomed to fresh water only, and not to the sea:
a freshwater sailor.
3.
small, provincial, or little known:
a freshwater college.
4.
Obsolete. untrained or of little experience.
Also, fresh-water.
Origin
1520-30; fresh + water
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British Dictionary definitions for fresh-water

freshwater

/ˈfrɛʃˌwɔːtə/
noun (modifier)
1.
of, relating to, or living in fresh water
2.
(esp of a sailor who has not sailed on the sea) unskilled or inexperienced
3.
(US) small and little known: a freshwater school
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Word Origin and History for fresh-water

freshwater

adj.

also fresh water, 1520s, from fresh (adj.1) + water (n.1).

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freshwater
  (frěsh'wô'tər)   
Consisting of or living in water that is not salty.
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