adj. [Gr. benthos, depths of sea]Pertaining to the seabottom; maybe extended to include some of the benthic animals: crabs, snails, starfish, certain worms, clams, sponges, sea anemones, corals, bryozoans, crinoids, barnacles and tunicates.
Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. A.R. Maggenti and S.L. Gardne. 2005.
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Benthic — Ben thic (b[e^]n th[i^]k), a. [fr. Gr. be nqos depth of the sea.] of, pertaining to, or occurring at the bottom of a body of water, especially referring to the ocean depths. [PJC] || … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
benthic — adjective /ˈbɛnθɪk/ Pertaining to the benthos; living on the seafloor, as opposed to floating in the ocean. With that, the rodent vanished into the benthic bowels of his pyrrhic pile. Ant: planktonic … Wiktionary
benthic — adjective Etymology: benthos Date: 1902 1. of, relating to, or occurring at the bottom of a body of water 2. of, relating to, or occurring in the depths of the ocean … New Collegiate Dictionary
benthic — Associated with the bottom of a water body such as a sea or lake … Fisheries — dictionary
benthic — The collection of organisms living on or in sea or lake bottoms … Fisheries — dictionary
benthic — bottom dwelling, pertaining to the sea, lake or river bed … Dictionary of ichthyology
benthic — (ben thic) Pertaining to the bottom of the sea or another body of water … Dictionary of microbiology
benthic — /ben thik/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to a benthos. 2. of or pertaining to a benthon. Also, benthal, benthonic /ben thon ik/. [BENTH(OS) + IC] * * * … Universalium
benthic — adj. of the sea floor … English contemporary dictionary
benthic — ben·thic … English syllables