Definition of brackish in US English:

brackish

adjective

  • 1(of water) slightly salty, as is the mixture of river water and seawater in estuaries.

    • ‘They are known to spend time in brackish water and even rivers.’
    • ‘Most live in fresh or brackish (slightly salty) water and a few are found in marine habitats.’
    • ‘The otherwise brackish groundwater had become safe for consumption.’
    • ‘Rather than trying to remove the salt from seawater, the plant would use brackish waters from the Thames ebb tide.’
    • ‘This allows the tree to use the brackish water by filtering out the salt.’
    • ‘The two others are of a type found in fresh or brackish (slightly salty) water.’
    • ‘Some occur in the brackish water of estuaries and protected bays, commonly along steep parts of rocky reefs.’
    • ‘The cholera bacterium may also live in the environment in brackish rivers and coastal waters.’
    • ‘Preferring calm conditions, seahorses are often found near brackish water where salt and fresh water mix.’
    • ‘Most of where I live also happens to be beach, or at least bordered by some kind of salt or brackish water, so that's a plus from my perspective.’
    • ‘They also suggest that even if some Barrow's Goldeneyes molt on freshwater lakes near the littoral zone, most males frequent the brackish waters of estuaries similar to their wintering habitat.’
    • ‘Apparently any terrain is suitable as long as it is washed regularly by salty or brackish water.’
    • ‘Although the water was slightly brackish he soon had some excellent results.’
    • ‘Estuaries (where fresh river water meets salty ocean water) are examples of brackish waters.’
    • ‘All are clad crisply in pre-oxidized copper panels, which are brawn, more than green, though this will change somewhat after winter gales spray the tower with the brackish water of the estuary.’
    • ‘In south-west districts, where underground water is brackish, salts have surfaced and are cause of concern, as these will burn crops and make cattle fodder injurious to their health.’
    • ‘These shoaling fish, found in temperate and tropical waters around the world, willingly enter brackish waters, caring little how salty these are.’
    • ‘It won't take constant salt water, but it will take brackish water and it will take salt water if you flush it once the salts builds up in the root zone and the soil.’
    • ‘Atholville, New Brunswick, lay underwater in a coastal estuary, a brackish fresh and salt water environment teeming with life.’
    • ‘As a rule of thumb, phosphorus tends to be a problem in upstream and freshwaters, whereas nitrogen is a larger problem in downstream, brackish, and salty waters.’
    slightly salty, slightly briny, saline, salt, salted
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    1. 1.1 (of fish or other organisms) living in or requiring brackish water.
      • ‘Schram considered Paulocaris to be a brackish to freshwater organism and Mamayocaris to be nearshore marine.’
      • ‘In general, development rate is 1.5 to 2 times slower in freshwater calanoid copepods relative to their brackish or marine counterparts.’
      • ‘Eurypterid associations can often be distinguished and related to environmental conditions, such as marine, lagoonal or estuarine, or brackish to freshwater faunas.’
      • ‘Between the two horizons, occasional bands of brackish corbiculids intercalate with sediments containing freshwater gastropods and charophytes.’
      • ‘A continuing supply of freshwater from streams entering the lake would have stimulated the growth of algae and other freshwater organisms, resulting in a mix of brackish and freshwater species.’
    2. 1.2 Unpleasant or distasteful.
      ‘the lighting in the movie is brackish’
      • ‘‘I dropped 'em off on the beach ’, Duck shrugged, running a hand through his perpetually brackish blonde hair.’
      • ‘Finally, after what seemed like an age of nervous wriggling and avoiding his careful gaze, she peered up through her fringe, a forest of brackish red quills.’
      • ‘The city was also their house, they had a living room of brackish buildings downtown, a dark bedroom in Tlanesburgo, an enviable view in Belvedere, and underground passageways that everyone called the Metro.’
      • ‘The bright, shining blue of her eyes and the bloody redness of her messy, brackish hair stood out in bright contrast to the ghostly pallor of her skin.’
      • ‘But I can't help wishing he had kicked off his Old Vic tenure with something more bracing than a blackish, brackish comedy about four middle-aged Dutchmen behaving rather badly.’
      • ‘He asked her, resting his head on hers, feeling the brackish spines of her short, red hair scratch his cheek.’
      • ‘Miette enquired, scraping her brackish hair behind her ears.’
      • ‘When they cut him open (one whole other dilemma for Richard!) the man in the sea-sick frock and shower-cap would find splintered bone, coiled organs spilling brackish poisons through artery walls.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from obsolete brack ‘salty’, from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch brac.

Pronunciation

brackish

/ˈbrakiSH//ˈbrækɪʃ/