[fresh-waw-ter, -wot-er]
of or living in water that is fresh or not salt: freshwater fish.
accustomed to fresh water only, and not to the sea: a freshwater sailor.
small, provincial, or little known: a freshwater college.
Obsolete. untrained or of little experience.
Also, fresh-water.

1520–30; fresh + water Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
freshwater (ˈfrɛʃˌwɔːtə)
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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also fresh water, 1520s, from fresh (1) + water
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Science Dictionary
freshwater   (frěsh'wô'tər)  Pronunciation Key 
Consisting of or living in water that is not salty.
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Example sentences
Other experts cite freshwater dangers, since fish weakened by a stressful trip.
The nutrient-rich excess of that process is used for breeding tilapia, a
  freshwater fish.
Thirteen million maintain freshwater aquariums in which swim a total of more
  than a hundred and seventy million fish.
Membrane-based desalination is usually considered only when freshwater supplies
  fail to meet demand.
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