Monday, 8 February 2010


I can think of a few ways I could use this word in everyday speech though most of them are insulting, which is a shame as it's such a nice word.

benthonic or benthoal adj living on the sea bottom.

Seahorses are benthonic. I wouldn't like to insult a seahorse, they're far too pretty. Also they blend in well with their surroundings, which makes them all the better for benthonically stalking you before leaping out from the benthonic undergrowth to give you a benthonic good beating.

Uh, anyway, some related words here:

n the flora and fauna of the sea bottom or lake bottom adj benthopelagic (of marine fauna) living just above the sea bed n benthoscope a submersible sphere from which to study deep-sea life. [Origin from Greek benthos depth] Chambers, 1998


  1. Also, Spongebob Squarepants.

  2. True, true. And Homer Simpson in that episode where he sings the Disney song and proceeds to eat his way through the entire cuteness of the ocean.