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

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, 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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“Demersal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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