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Meaning of PLANKTON

Pronunciation:  'plangktun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water

PLANKTON is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: aggregate, being, congeries, conglomeration, copepod, copepod crustacean, organism, phytoplankton, zooplankton



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Plank"ton\ (pl[a^][ng]k"t[o^]n), n. [NL., fr. Gr.
plagto`n, neut. of plagto`s wandering, pla`zesqai to wander.]
All the animals and plants, taken collectively, which live at
or near the surface of salt or fresh waters. --
{Plank*ton"ic}, a.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Small (often microscopic) plants and animals floating, drifting or weakly swimming in bodies of fresh or salt water.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: alevin, benthon, benthos, brown algae, cetacean, conferva, dolphin, dulse, fingerling, fish, fry, fucoid, fucus, game fish, green algae, grilse, gulfweed, Iceland moss, Irish moss, kelp, kipper, lichen, Loch Ness monster, man-eater, man-eating shark, marine animal, minnow, minny, nekton, panfish, phytoplankton, pond scum, porpoise, red algae, reindeer moss, rockweed, salmon, sargasso, sargassum, scum, sea monster, sea moss, sea pig, sea serpent, sea snake, sea wrack, seaweed, shark, smolt, sponge, tropical fish, whale, wrack