epipelagic

[ ep-ee-puh-laj-ik ]
/ ˌɛp i pəˈlædʒ ɪk /

adjective

of or relating to the stratum of the oceanic zone where enough light is present for photosynthesis to occur.

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Origin of epipelagic

First recorded in 1935–40; epi- + pelagic
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British Dictionary definitions for epipelagic

epipelagic
/ (ˌɛpɪpəˈlædʒɪk) /

adjective

of, relating to, or inhabiting the upper zone of the ocean from just below the surface to approximately 100 metres deep
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