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Of or relating to the deepest regions of the ocean, below about 6,000 meters (20,000 feet).

[French, from Hadès, Hades, from Greek Haidēs; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Physical Geography) of, relating to, or constituting the zones of the oceans deeper than abyssal: below about 6000 metres (18 000 ft). See also abyssal
[C20: from French, from Hadés Hades]
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(ˈheɪd l)

of or pertaining to the biogeographic region of the ocean bottom below the abyssal zone, or from approximately 20,000 ft. (6500 m) to the greatest ocean depths.
[1955–60; Had (es) + -al1]
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Adj.1.hadal - relating to the deepest parts of the ocean (below 6000 meters)
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