brackish Definition

  • 1slightly salty, as is the mixture of river water and seawater in estuaries
  • 2unpleasant or distasteful

Using brackish: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "brackish" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The brackish water of the estuary supports a unique ecosystem.

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    The soup had a brackish taste that I couldn't stomach.

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    The lake's brackish water made it unsuitable for swimming.

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    The air in the abandoned building was brackish and stale.

brackish Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with brackish

  • a type of wetland that is transitional between fresh water and saltwater environments


    The brackish marsh was home to many species of birds and fish.

  • an aquarium that contains both freshwater and saltwater species


    Setting up a brackish aquarium requires careful attention to salinity levels and water quality.

  • a shallow body of water separated from the ocean by a barrier island or reef, with a mixture of saltwater and freshwater


    The brackish lagoon was a popular spot for fishing and boating.

Origins of brackish

from Middle Low German 'brak', meaning 'brackish', and 'water'


Summary: brackish in Brief

The term 'brackish' [ˈbrækɪʃ] describes water that is slightly salty, such as the mixture of river water and seawater in estuaries. It can also refer to something unpleasant or distasteful, as in 'The soup had a brackish taste that I couldn't stomach.' 'Brackish' extends into phrases like 'brackish marsh,' denoting a transitional wetland, and 'brackish aquarium,' referring to an aquarium containing both freshwater and saltwater species.