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Meaning of BENTHOS

Pronunciation:  'benthâs

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a region including the bottom of the sea and the littoral zones

BENTHOS is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: benthic division, benthonic zone
 See Also: biogeographical region



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ben"thos\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? depth of the sea.]
The bottom of the sea, esp. of the deep oceans; hence (Bot. &
Zo["o]l.), the fauna and flora of the sea bottom; -- opposed
to {plankton}.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Animals and plants living on or within the substrate of a water body (freshwater, estuarine or marine).
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abyss, abyssal zone, alevin, Bassalia, bathyal zone, benthon, bottom waters, bottomless depths, cetacean, dolphin, fingerling, fish, fry, game fish, grilse, ground, inner space, kipper, Loch Ness monster, man-eater, man-eating shark, marine animal, minnow, minny, nekton, ocean bottom, ocean depths, ocean floor, panfish, pelagic zone, plankton, porpoise, salmon, sea monster, sea pig, sea serpent, sea snake, shark, smolt, sponge, the deep, the deep sea, the deeps, the depths, trench, tropical fish, whale