||Ba*thyb"i*us (&?;), n. [NL., fr. Gr.
baqy`s deep + bi`os life] (Zoöl.) A
name given by Prof. Huxley to a gelatinous substance found in mud dredged
from the Atlantic and preserved in alcohol. He supposed that it was free
living protoplasm, covering a large part of the ocean bed. It is now known
that the substance is of chemical, not of organic, origin.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Bathyb`ius, (i. e. living matter in the deep), substance of a
slimy nature found at great sea depth, over-hastily presumed to be
organic, proved by recent investigation to be inorganic, and of no avail
to the evolutionist.
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