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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The animals and plants that exist next to the benthos, or deep-sea fauna and flora — namely, those that live in the sea-bottom of the continental shelf or littoral zone, and those that are attached to its surface, and those that creep or run over its surface, considered collectively. See benthos.

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  • noun biology benthic organisms that live on top of the sediment

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From epi- +‎ benthos

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