apho·​tic (ˌ)ā-ˈfō-tik How to pronounce aphotic (audio)
: being the deep zone of an ocean or lake receiving too little light to permit photosynthesis

Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aphotic was in 1894

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“Aphotic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aphotic. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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