Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or inhabiting the ocean waters between the low tide mark and a depth of about a hundred fathoms (200 meters): neritic plankton.

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  • adj. Describing a marine environment of shallow waters

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to the belt or region of shallow water adjoining the seacost.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the water near the coast, as contrasted with the high sea.

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

  • adj. relating to the region of shallow water adjoining the seacoast
  • adj. of or relating to the region of the sea over the continental shelf which is less than 200 meters deep

Etymologies

German neritisch, perhaps ultimately from Nereus, Nereus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In the highest, is the so-called neritic zone, -- the oceanic surface, diaphanous and luminous, far from any coast.

    Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) A Novel

  • The shelf has neritic phytoplankton and zooplankton communities, somewhat separated from the offshore areas while receiving variable influence from the offshore environment.

    Faroe Plateau large marine ecosystem

  • Variability of pelagic fish stocks off California in Proceedings of the expert consultation to examine changes in abundance and species composition of neritic fish resources.

    California Current large marine ecosystem

  • Comparative climatology of selected environmental processes in relation to eastern boundary current pelagic fish reproduction. in Proceedings of the expert consultation to examine changes in abundance and species composition of neritic fish resources.pp. 731-778.ed. by G.D. Sharp and J. Csirke.

    California Current large marine ecosystem

  • Aquatic habitats include freshwater (lakes, rivers, streams, muskets, and freshwater marshes) and marine (intertidal and neritic zones, estuaries, fjords and upper inlets).

    Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, United States

  • Toulon, and the second was a certain Don Mario, a fat and learned newt from Cuba carrying out scientific work in the field of plankton and neritic pelagial.

    The War with the Newts

  • The biologist devoted most of his time, meanwhile, to the whaling industry, there being no less than seven stations on the island; he also made collections of the neritic fauna, and, accompanied by the photographer, studied the bird life and the habits of the sea – elephants along the east coast.

    South: the story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914–1917

  • Before and after the late Paleocene thermal maximum, upwelling and biological productivity were less intense, and seafloor dysoxia was restricted to neritic parts of the basin.

    Bürger and Cubasch: Are multiproxy climate reconstructions robust? « Climate Audit

  • The corpses of the neritic animals and of those that swim between the two waters are the direct or indirect sustenance of the abyssal fauna.

    Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) A Novel

  • Living in the abysses where the light never penetrates, the pelagic animals are not obliged to be transparent or blue like the neritic beings on the surface.

    Mare Nostrum (Our Sea) A Novel

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  • Part of the littoral, beyond low tide but before the pelagic & benthic. Shallow waters.

    November 21, 2011