Etymology
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briny (adj.)

"salty," c. 1600, from brine + -y (2). Used earlier of tears than of the ocean (1610s). Related: Brininess.

updated on August 07, 2017

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Definitions of briny from WordNet
1
briny (n.)
any very large body of (salt) water;
Synonyms: main
2
briny (adj.)
slightly salty (especially from containing a mixture of seawater and fresh water);
the briny deep
Synonyms: brackish
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