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- water full of salt; heavily saturated salt solution, as for use in pickling
- the water of the sea
- the sea; ocean
Origin: Middle English and amp; OE; probably ; from Indo-European an unverified form bhrēi-, to cut (from source Classical Latin friare, to crumble) ; from base an unverified form bher-, to cut; origin, originally sense “cutting, sharp”
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- Water saturated with or containing large amounts of a salt, especially sodium chloride.
- a. The water of a sea or an ocean.b. A large body of salt water.
- Salt water used for preserving and pickling foods.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English brīne.
- brinˈer noun
brine - Science Definition
- Water saturated with or containing large amounts of a salt, especially sodium chloride. The high salt content is usually due to evaporation or freezing.
- The water of a sea or ocean.
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