intertidal

adjective
in·​ter·​tid·​al | \ ˌin-tər-ˈtī-dᵊl How to pronounce intertidal (audio) \

Definition of intertidal

: of, relating to, or being the part of the littoral zone above low-tide mark

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Other Words from intertidal

intertidally \ ˌin-​tər-​ˈtī-​dᵊl-​ē How to pronounce intertidally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of intertidal in a Sentence

animals that live in the intertidal zone
Recent Examples on the Web Once thought to be absent from intertidal (coastal) zones, these rodents have been critical to restoring Washington’s Elwha River delta following the removal of the Glines Canyon and Elwha River Dams. Starre Vartan, National Geographic, "Beavers on the coast are helping salmon bounce back. Here’s how.," 13 Aug. 2019 Areas close to the intertidal zone, such as New Orleans, are forecast to be swamped by hours of rain as well as storm surges from the Gulf of Mexico. John Muyskens, Washington Post, "Tracking Barry as it moves toward Louisiana," 13 July 2019 The total area holding oystergrass and other intertidal vegetation fringing all sides of the terraces and islands is at least double that. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Cow Trap Lake Project a success on multiple levels," 10 May 2018 Among other subjects, the book explores the sea’s geography, its intertidal life, its deeps, diving mammals and birds, and epic migrations of some of its animals, from salmon to gray whales to sandpipers. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "New children’s book dives deep into the Salish Sea," 23 Apr. 2018 There, the intertidal zone can be dominated either by species-diverse miniature forests, or by environmentally unfavorable turf. Quanta Magazine, "Nature’s Critical Warning System," 18 Nov. 2015 Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, an ecologist at the University of Pisa in Italy, has found strong signals of critical slowing down in response to the deterioration of an intertidal marine ecosystem in the Mediterranean. Quanta Magazine, "Nature’s Critical Warning System," 18 Nov. 2015 Areas close to the intertidal zone, such as New Orleans, are forecast to be swamped by hours of rain as well as storm surges from the Gulf of Mexico. John Muyskens, Washington Post, "Tracking Barry as it moves toward Louisiana," 13 July 2019 There, the intertidal zone can be dominated either by species-diverse miniature forests, or by environmentally unfavorable turf. Quanta Magazine, "Nature’s Critical Warning System," 18 Nov. 2015

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First Known Use of intertidal

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intertidal was in 1883

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intertidal

adjective
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English Language Learners Definition of intertidal

technical : of or relating to the area of the shore that is between the low point and the high point of the tide

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