nekton


nek·ton

noun \ˈnek-tən, -ˌtän\

Definition of NEKTON

:  free-swimming aquatic animals essentially independent of wave and current action
nek·ton·ic \nek-ˈtä-nik\ adjective

Origin of NEKTON

German Nekton, from Greek nēkton, neuter of nēktos swimming, from nēchein to swim — more at natant
First Known Use: 1893

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