nekton

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noun nek·ton \ˈnek-tən, -ˌtän\

Definition of nekton

  1. :  free-swimming aquatic animals essentially independent of wave and current action

nektonic

play \nek-ˈtä-nik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology 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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