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  1. of or relating to a benthos.
  2. of or relating to a benthon.
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Also ben·thal, ben·thon·ic [ben-thon-ik] /bɛnˈθɒn ɪk/.

Origin of benthic

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Examples from the Web for benthic

Historical Examples

  • Belugas feed on a variety of fishes (including cod and capelin), on squid, and on a variety of benthic crustaceans.

    Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic

    Stephen Leatherwood

benthic in Science


  1. Relating to the bottom of a sea or lake or to the organisms that live there.
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