- The definition of benthos are the organisms living at the bottom of a body of water.
An example of benthos are seaweed and animals in a tide pool.
These creatures at the bottom of a tide pool are an example of benthos.
Origin of benthosModern Latin ; from Classical Greek depth of the sea; akin to bathos: see bathy-
- The collection of organisms living on or in the bottom of a body of water.
- The bottom of a body of water.
Origin of benthosGreek.
- ben′thic , ben·thon′ic
From Ancient Greek βένθος (benthos, “the depths”).