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Meaning of ESTUARY

Pronunciation:  'eschoo`eree

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the wide part of a river where it nears the sea; fresh and salt water mix

ESTUARY is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 See Also: body of water, firth, La Plata, Para, Para River, Plata River, Rio de la Plata, river, water



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Es"tu*a*ry\, n.; pl. {Estuaries}. [L. aestuarium, from
    aestuare to surge. See {Estuate}.] [Written also
    1. A place where water boils up; a spring that wells forth.
       [Obs.] --Boyle.
    2. A passage, as the mouth of a river or lake, where the tide
       meets the current; an arm of the sea; a frith.
             it to the sea was often by long and wide estuaries.
  2. \Es"tu*a*ry\, a.
    Belonging to, or formed in, an estuary; as, estuary strata.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: An inlet or arm of the sea; especially the wide mouth of a river, where the tide meets the current.
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