periphyton


pe·riph·y·ton

noun \pə-ˈri-fə-ˌtän\

Definition of PERIPHYTON

:  organisms (as some algae) that live attached to underwater surfaces
peri·phyt·ic \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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