[ uh-bis-uh l ]
/ əˈbɪs əl /


of or like an abyss; immeasurable; unfathomable.
of or relating to the biogeographic zone of the ocean bottom between the bathyal and hadal zones: from depths of approximately 13,000 to 21,000 feet (4000 to 6500 meters).

Origin of abyssal

From the Medieval Latin word abyssālis, dating back to 1685–95. See abyss, -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for abyssal

/ (əˈbɪsəl) /


of or belonging to the ocean depths, esp below 2000 metres (6500 feet)abyssal zone
geology another word for plutonic
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Scientific definitions for abyssal

[ ə-bĭsəl ]

Relating to the greatest depths of the oceans and to the organisms that live there. The abyssal zone encompasses all depths below 4,000 m (13,120 ft).
Relating to the region of the ocean bottom between the bathyal and hadal zones, from depths of approximately 2,000 to 6,000 m (6,560 to 19,680 ft). The abyssal zone includes nearly two-thirds of the Earth's surface.
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