Definitions

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  • adj. Pertaining to the benthos; living on the seafloor, as opposed to floating in the ocean.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of, pertaining to, or occurring at the bottom of a body of water, especially referring to the ocean depths.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Living upon the bottom as distinguished from living in the water above; submarine; benthonic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or happening on the bottom under a body of water

Etymologies

From benthos. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Most likely, that will involve placing the mats, called benthic barriers, on the sandy lake bottom to smother the clams.

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  • Kerry Hackett works for a biotech company that has secretly created a "benthic," an artificial organism capable of shape-changing and much, much more.

    Asimov's Science Fiction

  • The little fry cook from Bikini Bottom, down in the benthic zone of the Pacific Ocean, has been with us longer than the iPod.

    SpongeBob's Golden Dream

  • We did the usual things one does on such trips: we paddled around; we used seining nets to look for benthic macroinvertebrates; we tested the water for phosphates and nitrogen.

    McKay Jenkins, Ph.D.: Canoes, But No Kayaks: Thoughts on Environmental Studies

  • As you are clearly immersed in the most benthic depths of the ocean of Culture, we are sure that you would be familiar with the work of the Persian mystic poet, Rumi.

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  • We're destroying basic food supplies with overfishing, we ravage the benthic (bottom) environment with steel-netted drag trawlers.

    David Ropeik: The Oil Spill Catastrophe: Biggest Ever? Not Close.

  • Five years ago the National Academy of Sciences issued a nearly 400-page study on oil dispersants, which cautioned, "In many instances where a dispersed plume may come into contact with sensitive water-column or benthic organisms and populations, the current understanding of key processes and mechanisms is inadequate to confidently support a decision to apply dispersants."

    Chemical dispersants an unknown quantity in addressing oil spill

  • They dwell in air but perhaps we should think of them more as sea creatures – as fish, say – and when they fizz away into cloud, try to imagine that they're actually heading back out into the great benthic depths of the sky.

    Country diary: Claxton, Norfolk

  • Another significant component to reef sediments are benthic foraminifera, protozoans that secrete calcium carbonate tests that range from microscopic to millimeters in length.

    Coral reef

  • There is plentiful life in the deep sea that's in danger: fish, deep-sea corals, gelatinous zooplankton like jellyfish, and benthic-dwelling sharks, not to mention the diverse communites of shrimp, crabs, worms, and other critters that live near natural methane seeps.

    The Great Unknowns in Gulf Oil Spill

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  • Beyond the littoral, below the pelagic. The sea floor.

    November 21, 2011