de·​mer·​sal | \ di-ˈmər-səl How to pronounce demersal (audio) \

Definition of demersal

: living near, deposited on, or sinking to the bottom of the sea demersal fish eggs

Examples of demersal in a Sentence

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, "Findings," 15 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of demersal

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for demersal

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

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The first known use of demersal was in 1889

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22 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Demersal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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