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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or inhabiting the layer of the water column of the open ocean that lies between the bathypelagic and hadopelagic layers at depths of about 4,000 to 6,000 meters (13,120 to 19,680 feet).

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  • adjective Of or pertaining to the depths of the ocean; of the open waters of the abyssal zone.

Etymologies

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

[abyss(al) + pelagic.]

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abyss (“abyss”) +‎ pelagic (“open ocean”)

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