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a⋅byss⋅al

[uh-bis-uhl]
–adjective
1. of or like an abyss; immeasurable; unfathomable.
2. of or pertaining to the biogeographic zone of the ocean bottom between the bathyal and hadal zones: from depths of approximately 13,000 to 21,000 ft. (4000 to 6500 m).

Origin:
1685–95; < ML abyssālis. See abyss, -al 1
a·bys·sal     (ə-bĭs'əl)   
adj.  
  1. Abysmal; unfathomable.
  2. Of or relating to the great depths of the oceans.
  3. Of or relating to the region of the ocean bottom between the bathyal and hadal zones, from depths of approximately 3,000 to 6,000 meters (10,000 to 20,000 feet).

Abyssal

A*byss"al\, a. [Cf. Abysmal.] Belonging to, or resembling, an abyss; unfathomable.

Abyssal zone (Phys. Geog.), one of the belts or zones into which Sir E. Forbes divides the bottom of the sea in describing its plants, animals, etc. It is the one furthest from the shore, embracing all beyond one hundred fathoms deep. Hence, abyssal animals, plants, etc.
Synonyms
abyssal

adjective
1. relating to ocean depths from 2000 to 5000 meters 
2. resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be unmeasurable; "the abyssal depths of the ocean" [syn: abysmal
Science Dictionary
abyssal   (ə-bĭs'əl)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Relating to the greatest depths of the oceans and to the organisms that live there. The abyssal zone encompasses all depths below 4,000 m (13,120 ft).
  2. Relating to the region of the ocean bottom between the bathyal and hadal zones, from depths of approximately 2,000 to 6,000 m (6,560 to 19,680 ft). The abyssal zone includes nearly two-thirds of the Earth's surface.

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