bathy·​al ˈba-thē-əl How to pronounce bathyal (audio)
: of or relating to the ocean depths or floor usually from 600 to 6000 feet (180 to 1800 meters)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The blue of the bathyal zone bleeds into the black of the abyssal, the light winks out to perfect pitch, and the dark goes on and on, for eight monotonous hours. Bucky Mcmahon, Esquire, 14 Sep. 2015

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Word History


Greek bathýs "deep" + -al entry 1 — more at bathy-

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bathyal was in 1907

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“Bathyal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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