- of or relating to the region of water lying directly above the sublittoral zone of the sea bottom.
Origin of neritic
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- of or formed in the region of shallow seas near a coastline
C20: perhaps from Latin nērīta sea mussel, from Greek nērítēs, from Nereus
Word Origin and History for neritic
1891, from German neritisch (Haeckel, 1890), perhaps from Nerita, a genus of molluscs.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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