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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Definitions for hadal

  1. of or pertaining to the greatest ocean depths, below approximately 20,000 feet (6500 meters).
  2. of or pertaining to the biogeographic region of the ocean bottom below the abyssal zone.

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Citations for hadal
Here a once-living being found the hadal current which twists in the waters of all rivers. Lawrence Norfolk, The Shape of a Boar, 2000
By which I mean, if the earth itself were shrunk to the size of a lemon, the black hadal depths of even the Marianas Trench would be shallower than that moist breath of yours gathered on the lemon's skin. Brad Leithauser, The Friends of Freeland, 1997
Origin of hadal
1955-1960
Hadal entered English in the mid-1900s, and comes from the name Hades, the Greek god of the underworld.