an·​chia·​line ˈaŋ-kē-ə-ˌlīn How to pronounce anchialine (audio)
: having an underground connection to a larger tidal body (such as the sea) but no surface connection
anchialine pools
Located on an island in The Abacos, the fauna in this seawater-flooded anchialine cave is among the richest and most diverse in the world.Seed, June/July 2006

Word History


Greek anchíalos "near the sea, sea-girt" (from anchí "near" + -alos, derivative of háls "sea") + -ine entry 1

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anchialine was in 1984

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“Anchialine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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