nekton

noun

nek·​ton ˈnek-tən How to pronounce nekton (audio)
-ˌtän
: free-swimming aquatic animals essentially independent of wave and current action
nektonic adjective

Word History

Etymology

German Nekton, from Greek nēkton, neuter of nēktos swimming, from nēchein to swim — more at natant

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nekton was in 1893

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“Nekton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nekton. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

nekton

noun
nek·​ton ˈnek-tən How to pronounce nekton (audio)
-ˌtän
: strong-swimming water-dwelling animals (as whales, sharks, or squid) that are largely independent of the action of waves and currents

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