ben·​thic | \ ˈben(t)-thik How to pronounce benthic (audio) \

Definition of benthic

1 : of, relating to, or occurring at the bottom of a body of water
2 : of, relating to, or occurring in the depths of the ocean

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Recent Examples on the Web Since their usual food source, various benthic prey, was available for the birds at the time, Will cited the potential for another unknown factor that was preventing murres specifically from catching their prey. Davis Hovey, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2021 But the pair were also more than happy to pan through the benthic underside of Hollywood, trolling Craigslist for walk-ons who could provide the unsteady, amateurish tone the show relied on in a truly fluent way. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 3 Aug. 2021 But benthic dwellers are difficult to haul up to the surface alive, let alone chipper. Sabrina Imbler, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2020 Fuchs knew benthic species tend to release their tiny larvae when the water warms to a certain temperature. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, 7 Sep. 2020 Warmer temperatures and retreating ice sheets harm benthic habitats and the creatures within (PDF) that the gray whales eat. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, 20 July 2019 Indicators include the team’s biodiversity surveys of dragonfly larvae and other benthic macroinvertebrates sensitive to water quality. Dustin Renwick, National Geographic, 25 Apr. 2019 The overpopulation theory Before their journey south, gray whales feed on sea bugs at the bottom of the ocean in what is known as the benthic zone. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, 20 July 2019 Monk seals dine on nearly the entire buffet of foods offered in the mid-Pacific Ocean, from octopus to eel to lobster to benthic fish, any of which could be infected. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, 9 July 2018 See More

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1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Benthic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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