freshet

[fresh-it]
noun
1.
a freshwater stream flowing into the sea.
2.
a sudden rise in the level of a stream, or a flood, caused by heavy rains or the rapid melting of snow and ice.

Origin:
1590–1600; fresh (noun) + -et


2. See flood.
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freshet (ˈfrɛʃɪt)
 
n
1.  the sudden overflowing of a river caused by heavy rain or melting snow
2.  a stream of fresh water emptying into the sea

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freshet
1596, "stream flowing into the sea," from fresh in a now obsolete sense of "flood, stream of fresh water." Meaning "flood caused by rain or melting snow" is from 1654.
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Example sentences
The trickle of commentaries, if not yet a flood, is becoming a freshet.
Predictably, this has produced a freshet of populist outrage.
Radio telemetry transmitters were not planted in rainbow trout redds to
  evaluate this year's freshet.
Being creatures that enjoy some salt in the water, they have moved out with the
  freshet.
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