One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Having no trace of life or organic remains.
- ‘These ideas were largely a carry over from Edward Forbes in the late 1800's, who proposed the azoic hypothesis for the deep sea.’
- ‘This was the so-called ‘azoic’ (a = without, zoic = life) theory and the supposed lifeless region below 300 fathoms was the ‘azoic zone,’ an abyss where no life could exist.’
- ‘Within this mud belt, which ranges up to 20 meters deep, there are areas in which the oxygen levels are zero - ‘azoic zones’ or ‘dead zones,’ Weeks explained.’
- ‘The Manx naturalist Edward Forbes coined the word ‘azoic’ to describe this self-evidently lifeless zone.’
- 1.1Geology another term for Archaean
Mid 19th century: from Greek azōos ‘without life’ + -ic.
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