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a. Being or containing water that is somewhat salty but less salty than sea water.
b. Having a somewhat salty taste or smell: "You could cut the brackish winds with a knife / Here in Nantucket" (Robert Lowell).
2. Distasteful; unpalatable: a thin, brackish gruel.

[From Dutch brak.]

brack′ish·ness n.
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Noun1.brackishness - the quality of being salty, as the saltiness of water
saltiness - the property of containing salt (as a compound or in solution)
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