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- somewhat salty, as the water of some marshes near the sea
- having an unpleasant taste; nauseating
Origin: earlier Scottish brack ; from Middle Dutch brak, salty (; from Indo-European an unverified form bhrogos ; from base an unverified form bher-, to cut from source brine) plush -ish
- brackishness noun
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- Having a somewhat salty taste, especially from containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water: “You could cut the brackish winds with a knife/Here in Nantucket” (Robert Lowell).
- Distasteful; unpalatable: a thin, brackish gruel.
Origin: From Dutch brak.
- brackˈish·ness noun
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