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abyssal

English

Etymology

Mediaeval Latin abyssalis. Compare abyss, abysmal.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ə'bısəl/

Adjective

abyssal (not comparable)

Positive
abyssal

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Belonging to, or resembling, an abyss; unfathomable.
  2. Of or belonging to the ocean depths, esp. below 2000 metres (6500 ft): abyssal zone

Translations

Derived terms

  • abyssal plains (physical geography)
  • abyssal zone (physical geography)
  • abyssal fish

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Last modified on 25 August 2008, at 18:56