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brackish (adj) (of water) slightly salty and unsuitable for human drinking.

Water which tastes salty is brackish. The waters in some lakes, lagoons, and marshes are usually brackish. Mostly water resources very adjacent to the sea have brackish water. The water in creeks is also brackish, that is, slightly salty.

  • 'Water, water, everywhere, nor a drop to drink' - these words of Coleridge's Ancient Mariner came to the mind of the travelers as they paddled along in the brackish waters of the lagoon with their stock of drinking water exhausted.
  • The brackish waters of the marshes teem with several species of water creatures, some of which have yet to be identified and classified.
  • The water found in the nearby wells and springs in the area were brackish, and so no one liked to buy house sites there.
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