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benthos

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noun ben·thos \ˈben-ˌthäs\

Definition of benthos

  1. :  organisms that live on or in the bottom of a body of water



Origin of benthos

New Latin, from Greek, depth, deep sea; akin to Greek bathys deep


First Known Use: 1891


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