brackish brackish  /b ˈræ kɪʃ/


  1. (adj) slightly salty (especially from containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water)
  2. (adj) distasteful and unpleasant; spoiled by mixture


  1. The city of Hong Kong may rub shoulders with New York and London, but its feet still dangle in the brackish water of a sultry, southern port.
  2. But on East 14th Street she was the star of Movie Star News, the big fish in a brackish pond.
  3. In the Delta, gangs of bandits have prowled the brackish swamps for years, stealing oil, harassing oil workers and making millions of dollars.


  1. Residents upset over well drilling

    A scavenger well is being drilled to separate fresh water from the brackish or slightly salty water. While good for the water system, residents near the well says the noise is becoming an issue.
    on July 3, 2013     Source: WAFB Baton Rouge

  2. Spot a diamondback terrapin? Tell Brevard zoo

    Diamondback Terrapins are midsize turtles that live in salt marshes, tidal coves, estuaries and other sheltered body of salt or brackish water. / Rik Jesse, FLORIDA TODAY
    on July 2, 2013     Source: The Bay Bulletin


  1. Heemskerk said water treatment was an area where the two countries could gainfully cooperate, adding: "Like you, we have no clean, natural drinking water. It's mostly polluted, or brackish. So we have to purify it before we can drink it. You have...
    on Jan 18, 2009 By: Frank Heemskerk Source: Khaleej Times

  2. "For a long time, I've searched for that place where the salt water and fresh water get mixed," producer T Bone Burnett said over the phone from his Los Angeles studio. "The brackish water, they call it. A lot of great music grows out of the...
    on May 8, 2006 By: T Bone Burnett Source: Wall Street Journal

  3. They worry the desalinated water they must drink is causing severe kidney problems and complain of diarrhoea, but Senator Vanstone said: "Drinking water is plentiful and available around the clock. Brackish water is used for ablution facilities and...
    on Jan 2, 2004 By: Amanda Vanstone Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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