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neritic

[nuh-rit-ik]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the region of water lying directly above the sublittoral zone of the sea bottom.
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Origin of neritic

< German neritisch (1890), apparently after Greek Nērēís Nereid or Nēreús Nereus, though derivation is unclear; see -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for neritic

neritic

adjective
  1. of or formed in the region of shallow seas near a coastline
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Word Origin

C20: perhaps from Latin nērīta sea mussel, from Greek nērítēs, from Nereus
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Word Origin and History for neritic

adj.

1891, from German neritisch (Haeckel, 1890), perhaps from Nerita, a genus of molluscs.

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neritic in Science

neritic

[nə-rĭtĭk]
  1. Relating to the ocean waters over the sublittoral region of the ocean floor, ranging in depth between the low tide mark to about 200 m (656 ft). See more at epipelagic zone.
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