The Word of the Day comes from "Great Circle" by Maggie Shipstead. It was shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize.
of, relating to, or occurring at the bottom of a body of water
of, relating to, or occurring in the depths of the ocean
Examples of use -
Since their usual food source, various benthic prey, was available for the birds at the time, Will cited the potential for another unknown factor that was preventing murres specifically from catching their prey.
But the pair were also more than happy to pan through the benthic underside of Hollywood, trolling Craigslist for walk-ons who could provide the unsteady, amateurish tone the show relied on in a truly fluent way.
"Benthos" that live in the Benthic zone.