benthic

adjective
ben·​thic | \ˈben(t)-thik \

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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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, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 The current swept along crabs and shrimp and maybe a few marine worms and other benthic life unable to fight the flow. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Bay food chain comes to life with tide change," 14 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of benthic

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for benthic

benthos

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