characterized by or growing in the absence of light: an aphotic plant
of or relating to the zone of an ocean below that to which sunlight can penetrate, usually about 90m (300 ft). This is the lowest level at which photosynthesis can take place
“untouched by sunlight, lightless” (in reference to deep-sea regions), 1903, Modern Latin, from Greek a- “not, without” (see a- (3)) + phos (genitive photos) “light,” related to phainein “to show, to bring to light” (see phantasm) + -ic. Aphotic zone is recorded from 1913.
Having no light.
Relating to the region of a body of water that is not reached by sunlight and in which photosynthesis is unable to occur. Compare photic.
- Aphotic zone
noun the vertical depth of water in the ocean unreachable by sunlight, just below the photic zone, and not supporting photosynthesis or autotrophic organisms Examples It is almost impossible to dive in the aphotic zone. Usage Note science
fem. proper name, apparently from a misunderstanding of Hebrew bebheth ‘Aphrah “in the house of Aphrah” (Mi. i:10), in which Aphrah probably is the name of a town, not a person. [Klein] Historical Examples In this there is some injustice against Mrs. Centlivre, for whose name should be supplied that of aphra Behn. Their Majesties’ […]
aphrasia aphrasia a·phra·si·a (ə-frā’zē-ə, -zhə) n. The inability to speak.
sexual desire. Historical Examples aphrodisia is to be served up at the banquet as the last dish, after the fruit. Ancient Manners Pierre Louys aphrodisia was the favourite slave, the prettiest and best-loved. Ancient Manners Pierre Louys Alexander of aphrodisia taught this world was a mixture; ii. Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4 Plotinos (Plotinus) A […]