One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The tidal mouth of a large river, where the tide meets the stream.
mouth, river mouth, firthView synonyms
- ‘We'd spent the night on an old trawler bobbing around in the estuary of the river.’
- ‘It is found in shallow marine coastal waters, rivers, estuaries and lakes, preferably with sand or mud bottoms.’
- ‘River ecosystems and estuaries, of vital importance to many species, have been severely damaged throughout Europe.’
- ‘Researchers have learnt that females give birth in river estuaries, sheltered from the strong winds and waves of the open sea.’
- ‘The picturesque coastal village of Arnside sits on the estuary of the River Kent where it flows into Morecambe Bay.’
- ‘The wide estuary of the River Tay on the east coast of Scotland presented a formidable obstacle to transport.’
- ‘The Hiberno-Norse towns were all located at trans-shipment points on the upper tidal estuaries of the larger Irish river systems.’
- ‘We present a new method to characterize and quantify groundwater discharge to estuaries and the coastal ocean.’
- ‘This is because they like to frequent the shallow waters of river estuaries and harbours, so often come into close proximity to man where there is poor visibility.’
- ‘This subspecies migrates from the nearshore ocean to brackish estuaries and to freshwater streams and rivers to spawn.’
- ‘During migration and winter, they inhabit beaches, mudflats, shallow estuaries, and inlets.’
- ‘The turtles spend most of their lives in mangrove-lined tidal estuaries, where rivers flow into the sea.’
- ‘The flounder is common in estuaries and the tidal waters of rivers, and especially abundant in the Baltic Sea.’
- ‘As all life depends upon water we must care for it and do all we can to protect groundwaters, rivers, estuaries and seas.’
- ‘Contestants can fish from any of the local beaches, rivers or estuaries but fishing from the rocks or from boats is not allowed.’
- ‘Freshwater streams, estuaries, and the open ocean are all important habitats.’
- ‘Such trips include opportunities to explore an island's rivers and estuaries, either by inflatable or kayak.’
- ‘Scottish scientists are leading a £650,000 project to save Europe's river estuaries from the effects of global warming.’
- ‘Saltwater crocodiles living in river estuaries are generally bigger and tend to more aggressive towards people.’
- ‘It is a land of undulating hills and hollows, dips and drumlins, rivers, inlets, estuaries and lakes, dotted with homes and barns.’
Mid 16th century (denoting a tidal inlet of any size): from Latin aestuarium ‘tidal part of a shore’, from aestus ‘tide’.
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