ben·​thic ˈben(t)-thik How to pronounce benthic (audio)
: of, relating to, or occurring at the bottom of a body of water
: of, relating to, or occurring in the depths of the ocean

Examples of benthic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gray whales feed on benthic amphipods crustaceans, which feed on algae grown under sea ice. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2023 In Tokyo, Takazawa works as a researcher at an environmental research company, studying water, plankton, benthic organisms and fish. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2023 Like vessel strikes, dredging is known to be especially harmful for Atlantic sturgeon: Their eggs need to attach to rocky riverbed in order to hatch; to forage, the fish need muddy bottom, where their primary food sources — crustaceans, worms, mollusks and other tiny benthic fish — live. Andrew S. Lewis, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2023 Pelagic species had shifted poleward in the northern hemisphere more than benthic. Disha Shetty, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Of an evil, benthic dweller waiting to attack. Lesley Finn, Longreads, 7 July 2022 Trawled sediments also had up to 52% lower organic matter content, a measure of fertility and the availability of food for benthic species. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 30 May 2014 The benthic forams were the canary in the coal mine, and so too may be the sharks 19 million years ago, Sibert says. Connor Lynch, Discover Magazine, 15 Nov. 2021 Many benthic animals overcome these limitations using legged locomotion and have different hydrodynamic profiles dictated by different body morphologies. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of benthic was in 1902

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“Benthic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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