Definition of emersal
: rising toward or floating at the surface of water —used especially of aquatic plants or animals or their products the emersal eggs of many marine fishes —contrasted with demersal
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Origin and Etymology of emersal
Latin emersus (past participle of emergere to emerge) + English -al
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