benthos

noun

ben·​thos ˈben-ˌthäs How to pronounce benthos (audio)
: organisms that live on or in the bottom of a body of water

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Recent Examples on the Web Light and vision in the deep-sea benthos: II. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 8 Sep. 2012 Researchers believed that the remains of animals may have accounted for the benthos' carbon needs. Eric Cheung, CNN, 15 Jan. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek, depth, deep sea; akin to Greek bathys deep

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of benthos was in 1891

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“Benthos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/benthos. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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benthos

noun
ben·​thos ˈben-ˌthäs How to pronounce benthos (audio)
: the plant and animal life that lives on or in the bottom of a body of water (as an ocean)

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