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distasteful and unpleasant; spoiled by mixture
"a thin brackish gruel"
slightly salty (especially from containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water)
"a brackish lagoon"; "the briny deep"
(of water) salty or slightly salty, as a mixture of fresh and sea water, such as that found in estuaries
distasteful; unpleasant; not appealing to the taste.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Salt; somewhat salt: it is used particularly of the water of the sea.
Etymology: brack, Dutch.
Pits upon the sea shore turn into fresh water, by percolation of the salt through the sand: but it is farther noted, after a time, the water in such pits will become brackish again. Francis Bacon.
When I had gain’d the brow and top,
A lake of brackish waters on the ground,
Was all I found. George Herbert.
The wise contriver, on his end intent,
Mix’d them with salt, and season’d all the sea.
What other cause could this effect produce?
The brackish tincture through the main diffuse? Richard Blackmore.
Brackish water, sometimes termed brack water, is water occurring in a natural environment that has more salinity than freshwater, but not as much as seawater. It may result from mixing seawater (salt water) and fresh water together, as in estuaries, or it may occur in brackish fossil aquifers. The word comes from the Middle Dutch root brak. Certain human activities can produce brackish water, in particular civil engineering projects such as dikes and the flooding of coastal marshland to produce brackish water pools for freshwater prawn farming. Brackish water is also the primary waste product of the salinity gradient power process. Because brackish water is hostile to the growth of most terrestrial plant species, without appropriate management it is damaging to the environment (see article on shrimp farms). Technically, brackish water contains between 0.5 and 30 grams of salt per litre—more often expressed as 0.5 to 30 parts per thousand (‰), which is a specific gravity of between 1.0004 and 1.0226. Thus, brackish covers a range of salinity regimes and is not considered a precisely defined condition. It is characteristic of many brackish surface waters that their salinity can vary considerably over space or time. Water with a salt concentration greater than 30‰ is considered saline. See the Salinity Table from the Wikipedia Salinity Article.
saltish, or salt in a moderate degree, as water in saline soil
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
brak′ish, adj. saltish: applied to water mixed with salt or with sea-water.—n. Brack′ishness. [Dut. brak, brackish; prob. the same as brak, refuse.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
Water not fresh; from the Icelandic breke, the sea.
The numerical value of brackish in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of brackish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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- леко соленBulgarian
- brak, [[brakt]] [[vand]], brakvandDanish
- brackig, salzigGerman
- 소금기 있는Korean
- mātaitai, kurutaitai, kurutaiMāori
- brakkvann, brakk, brakkvatn, [[brakt]] [[vann]] / [[vatn]]Norwegian
- brakkvatn, brakk, [[brakt]] [[vatn]]Norwegian Nynorsk
- salobro, salobrePortuguese
- солёный, противный, солоноватый, отвратительный, омерзительныйRussian
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