One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of organisms or habitats) inhabiting or situated in still fresh water.Compare with lotic
- ‘Bass are found in both lotic and lentic habitats.’
- ‘Their tadpoles develop mostly in lentic water.’
- ‘Rather, we present a Northeast US regional view of coldwater lake fish species distributions, status (in terms of origins and relative rates of occurrence), and descriptions of the types of lentic waters they inhabit.’
- ‘The higher occurrence of species found in lentic habitats probably reflects the relative stability, especially in terms of hydrodynamics, of these habitats compared to the small streams and brooks.’
- ‘However, we can conclude that these species are rare in lentic systems throughout the Northeast.’
1930s: from Latin lentus ‘calm, slow’ + -ic.
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