de·​mer·​sal di-ˈmər-səl How to pronounce demersal (audio)
: living near, deposited on, or sinking to the bottom of the sea
demersal fish eggs

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The muscles of European sea bass contain little plastic, but the stomachs of British demersal sharks contain significant quantities. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 15 Sep. 2020

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Word History


Latin demersus (past participle of demergere to sink, from de- + mergere to dip, sink) + English -al entry 1 — more at merge

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of demersal was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Demersal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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