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neritic

[ nuh-rit-ik ]
/ nəˈrɪt ɪk /
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adjective
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 NērēísNereid or NēreúsNereus, though derivation is unclear; see -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for neritic

neritic
/ (nɛˈrɪtɪk) /

adjective
of or formed in the region of shallow seas near a coastline

Word Origin for neritic

C20: perhaps from Latin nērīta sea mussel, from Greek nērítēs, from Nereus
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Scientific definitions for neritic

neritic
[ nə-rĭtĭk ]

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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