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Feb 21, 2018
This week’s theme
Miscellaneous words

This week’s words
defeasible
usurious
benthos
gerent
hyperborean

benthos
From the book Das Meer (1867) by Matthias Jakob Schleiden

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benthos

PRONUNCIATION:
(BEN-thos)

MEANING:
noun: Organisms that live at the bottom of a body of water.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek benthos (depth of the sea). Earliest documented use: 1891.

USAGE:
“At the meeting Tuesday, officials will describe the work they’ve done to document improvements in ... degradation of organisms in the benthos.”
Steve Orr; Taste the Difference?; Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York); Nov 15, 2015.

See more usage examples of benthos in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I and the public know / What all schoolchildren learn, / Those to whom evil is done / Do evil in return. -W.H. Auden, poet (21 Feb 1907-1973)

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