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Relating to or inhabiting the ocean waters between the low tide mark and a depth of about 200 meters (656 feet): neritic plankton.

[German neritisch, perhaps ultimately from Nereus, Nereus.]
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(Physical Geography) of or formed in the region of shallow seas near a coastline
[C20: perhaps from Latin nērīta sea mussel, from Greek nērítēs, from Nereus]
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(nəˈrɪt ɪk)

adj. of or pertaining to the region of water lying directly above the sublittoral zone of the sea bottom.
[< German neritisch (1890), appar. after Greek Nērēís Nereid or Nēreús Nereus; see -ic]
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Adj.1.neritic - of or relating to the region of the sea over the continental shelf which is less than 200 meters deep; "neritic fauna"; "neritic oil"
2.neritic - relating to the region of shallow water adjoining the seacoast; "neritic fauna"
shallow - lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center; "shallow water"; "a shallow dish"; "a shallow cut"; "a shallow closet"; "established a shallow beachhead"; "hit the ball to shallow left field"
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