benthic etymology

English word benthic comes from English -ic, English benthos (The flora and fauna at the bottom of a body of water.)

Detailed word origin of benthic

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-ic English (eng) (chemistry) Used to denote certain chemical compounds in which a specified chemical element has a higher oxidation number than in the equivalent compound whose name ends in the suffix -ous. For example sulphuric acid (H₂SO₄) has more oxygen atoms per molecule than sulphurous acid (H₂SO₃).. Used to form adjectives from nouns with the meaning “of or pertaining to”.
benthos English (eng) The flora and fauna at the bottom of a body of water.
benthic English (eng) Pertaining to the benthos; living on the seafloor, as opposed to floating in the ocean.

Words with the same origin as benthic

Descendants of -ic
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Descendants of benthos
benthophyte cryptobenthic