Benthic Ben"thic (b[e^]n"th[i^]k), a. [fr. Gr. be`nqos depth of the sea.] of, pertaining to, or occurring at the bottom of a body of water, especially referring to the ocean depths. [PJC] ||

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  • benthic — adj. [Gr. benthos, depths of sea] Pertaining to the seabottom; maybe extended to include some of the benthic animals: crabs, snails, starfish, certain worms, clams, sponges, sea anemones, corals, bryozoans, crinoids, barnacles and tunicates …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • benthic — adjective /ˈbɛnθɪk/ Pertaining to the benthos; living on the seafloor, as opposed to floating in the ocean. With that, the rodent vanished into the benthic bowels of his pyrrhic pile. Ant: planktonic …   Wiktionary

  • benthic — adjective Etymology: benthos Date: 1902 1. of, relating to, or occurring at the bottom of a body of water 2. of, relating to, or occurring in the depths of the ocean …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • benthic — Associated with the bottom of a water body such as a sea or lake …   Fisheries — dictionary

  • benthic — The collection of organisms living on or in sea or lake bottoms …   Fisheries — dictionary

  • benthic — bottom dwelling, pertaining to the sea, lake or river bed …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • benthic — (ben thic) Pertaining to the bottom of the sea or another body of water …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • benthic — /ben thik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a benthos. 2. of or pertaining to a benthon. Also, benthal, benthonic /ben thon ik/. [BENTH(OS) + IC] * * * …   Universalium

  • benthic — adj. of the sea floor …   English contemporary dictionary

  • benthic — ben·thic …   English syllables

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