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periphyton

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noun pe·riph·y·ton \pə-ˈri-fə-ˌtän\

Definition of periphyton

  1. :  organisms (as some algae) that live attached to underwater surfaces

peri·phyt·ic play \ˌper-ə-ˈfi-tik\ adjective


Origin of periphyton

New Latin, from Greek periphytos (verbal of periphyein to grow around, from peri- + phyein to bring forth, grow) + -on (as in plankton) — more at be


First Known Use: 1945


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