epipelagic

adjective
epi·​pe·​lag·​ic | \ ˌe-pi-pə-ˈla-jik How to pronounce epipelagic (audio) \

Definition of epipelagic

: of, relating to, or constituting the part of the oceanic zone into which enough light penetrates for photosynthesis

Examples of epipelagic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our knowledge about the ocean has long been concentrated in its uppermost waters, the top 200 meters known as the epipelagic zone. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "One Man's Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean," 22 Oct. 2019

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Epipelagic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epipelagic. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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