Abyssal zone
Abyssal A*byss"al, a. [Cf. {Abysmal}.] Belonging to, or resembling, an abyss; unfathomable. [1913 Webster]

{Abyssal zone} (Phys. Geog.), one of the belts or zones into which Sir E. Forbes divides the bottom of the sea in describing its plants, animals, etc. It is the one furthest from the shore, embracing all beyond one hundred fathoms deep. Hence, abyssal animals, plants, etc. [1913 Webster]


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  • abyssal zone — n. the ecological zone along the deep ocean floor between the bathyal and hadal zones * * * ▪ geology       portion of the ocean deeper than about 2,000 m (6,600 feet) and shallower than about 6,000 m (20,000 feet). The zone is defined mainly by… …   Universalium

  • Abyssal zone — Zone one (z[=o]n), n. [F. zone, L. zona, Gr. zw nh; akin to zwnny nai to gird, Lith. j[*u]sta a girdle, j[*u]sti to gird, Zend y[=a]h.] 1. A girdle; a cincture. [Poetic] [1913 Webster] An embroidered zone surrounds her waist. Dryden. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abyssal zone — n. the ecological zone along the deep ocean floor between the bathyal and hadal zones …   English World dictionary

  • abyssal zone — the middle zone of the deep sea between 3700 and 6000 metres …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • abyssal zone — /əˈbɪsəl zoʊn/ (say uh bisuhl zohn) noun → abyssopelagic zone …   Australian English dictionary

  • abyssal zone — noun the deep sea (2000 meters or more) where there is no light • Hypernyms: ↑ocean floor, ↑sea floor, ↑ocean bottom, ↑seabed, ↑sea bottom, ↑Davy Jones s locker, ↑Davy Jones * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • ultra-abyssal zone — hadalė statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Giliausia vandenyno zona (6000–8000 m), kurios biotopuose gyvena prie vandenyno gelmių ir tamsos prisitaikę organizmai. atitikmenys: angl. hadal; hadal zone; ultra abyssal zone vok.… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • ultra-abyssal zone — hadal zone, q.v …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • abyssal — abyssal, ale, aux [ abisal, o ] adj. • 1885; « dont l immensité est insondable » théol. 1521; du lat. abyssus « abîme » ♦ Géogr. Des grandes profondeurs, qui a rapport aux abysses. ⇒ hadal. Fosses abyssales. Faune abyssale. ⇒ pélagique. ● abyssal …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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