benthon

benthon

[ben-thon]
noun
the aggregate of organisms that live on or in the benthos.

Origin:
benth(os) + -on, extracted from plankton

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benthos or benthon (ˈbɛnθɒs)
 
n
1.  the animals and plants living at the bottom of a sea or lake
2.  the bottom of a sea or lake
 
[C19: from Greek: depth; related to bathus deep]
 
benthon or benthon
 
n
 
[C19: from Greek: depth; related to bathus deep]
 
'benthic or benthon
 
adj
 
'benthal or benthon
 
adj
 
ben'thonic or benthon
 
adj

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