benthos /ˈbɛnθɒs/

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I. noun [ mass noun]

1.
[Ecology] the flora and fauna found on the bottom, or in the bottom sediments, of a sea or lake.
II. derivatives

benthic /ˈbɛnθɪk /
adjective


– origin late 19th cent.: from Greek, ‘depth of the sea’.

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