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əˈbɪs əlabyssal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abyssaladjective

    relating to ocean depths from 2000 to 5000 meters

  2. abysmal, abyssal, unfathomableadjective

    resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be unmeasurable

    "the abyssal depths of the ocean"


  1. abyssaladjective

    Belonging to, or resembling, an abyss; unfathomable.

  2. abyssaladjective

    Of or belonging to the ocean depths, especially below 2000 metres (6500 ft): abyssal zone

  3. Etymology: * First attested in the 1690's.


  1. abyssal

    The abyssal zone or abyssopelagic zone is a layer of the pelagic zone of the ocean. "Abyss" derives from the Greek word ἄβυσσος, meaning bottomless. At depths of 4,000 to 6,000 metres (13,000 to 20,000 ft), this zone remains in perpetual darkness. It covers 83% of the total area of the ocean and 60% of Earth's surface. The abyssal zone has temperatures around 2 to 3 °C (36 to 37 °F) through the large majority of its mass. Due to there being no light, there are no plants producing oxygen, which instead primarily comes from ice that had melted long ago from the polar regions. The water along the seafloor of this zone is actually devoid of oxygen, resulting in a death trap for organisms unable to quickly return to the oxygen-enriched water above. This region also contains a much higher concentration of nutrient salts, like nitrogen, phosphorus, and silica, due to the large amount of dead organic material that drifts down from the above ocean zones and decomposes. The water pressure can reach up to 76 megapascal. The area below the abyssal zone is the sparsely inhabited hadal zone. The zone above is the bathyal zone.


  1. abyssal

    Abyssal refers to anything related to the abyss, particularly associated with the deepest parts of the ocean, typically depths of more than 20,000 feet (6,000 meters). It can also represent something immeasurably profound or unfathomable.

  2. abyssal

    Abyssal generally refers to anything related to the abyss or the deepest parts of the ocean. It is used to describe organisms or species that live in, or conditions and features of, these extreme deep-sea environments, which are characterized by extreme pressure, low temperatures, and complete darkness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abyssaladjective

    belonging to, or resembling, an abyss; unfathomable

  2. Etymology: [Cf. Abysmal.]


  1. Abyssal

    Abyssal is an EP by the Japanese screamo band Envy. Abyssal likens itself with Insomniac Doze's more atmospheric sound. Recorded and mixed at Bazooka Higashinakano, Spring 2007. Mastered at Parasight Mastering. Includes booklet with lyrics in both Japanese & English.

Editors Contribution

  1. abyssal

    I'm not sure my previous comment was posted; the origin of the word is the Greek άβυσσος, meaning abyss, deep, chaotic. Also, concerning "plagiary" that you had a couple of days ago, the root is the Greek word πλάγιος, meaning oblique, (sitting on the ) side of someone and steeling answers

    Submitted by anonymous on July 14, 2019  

  2. abyssal

    The hadean region

    He felt so suffocated there and asphyxiated-it was like he had entered the hadean region

    Submitted by Lighthouse21 on February 25, 2018  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abyssal in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abyssal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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