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thermocline: Meaning and Definition of

ther•mo•cline

Pronunciation: (thûr'mu-klīn"), [key]
— n.
  1. a layer of water in an ocean or certain lakes, where the temperature gradient is greater than that of the warmer layer above and the colder layer below. Cf.
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