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demersal

[ dih-mur-suhl ]
/ dɪˈmɜr səl /
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adjective
living or found near or in the deepest part of a body of water.
sinking to or deposited on the bottom of a body of water.
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Origin of demersal

First recorded in 1885–90; from Latin dēmersus, past participle of dēmergere “to sink, submerge, bury” + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for demersal

demersal
/ (dɪˈmɜːsəl) /

adjective
living or occurring on the bottom of a sea or a lakedemersal fish

Word Origin for demersal

C19: from Latin dēmersus submerged (from dēmergere to plunge into, from mergere to dip) + -al 1
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