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epilimnion

[ ep-uh-lim-nee-on, -uhn ]
/ ˌɛp əˈlɪm niˌɒn, -ən /
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noun, plural ep·i·lim·ni·a [ep-uh-lim-nee-uh]. /ˌɛp əˈlɪm ni ə/.
(in certain lakes) the layer of water above the thermocline.
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Origin of epilimnion

1905–10; epi- + Greek límnion small pond, diminutive of límnē pool, lake

OTHER WORDS FROM epilimnion

ep·i·lim·net·ic [ep-uh-lim-net-ik], /ˌɛp ə lɪmˈnɛt ɪk/, ep·i·lim·ni·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for epilimnion

epilimnion
/ (ˌɛpɪˈlɪmnɪən) /

noun
the upper layer of water in a lake

Word Origin for epilimnion

C20: from epi- + Greek limnion, diminutive of limnē lake
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