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 The results were surprising; not only did the group find that large epipelagic prey are a relatively minor part of these shark’s overall diet, but eDNA metabarcoding revealed new prey items for cookiecutter sharks! Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 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, 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of epipelagic

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 18 Aug. 2022.

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