neus·​ton ˈnü-ˌstän How to pronounce neuston (audio)
: minute organisms that float in the surface film of water

Examples of neuston in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Sargasso was previously the only ocean spot known to host neustons in such high densities, researchers reported Thursday in the journal PLOS Biology. Mindy Weisberger, CNN, 5 May 2023

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Word History


German, from Greek, neuter of neustos swimming, from nein to swim — more at natant

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of neuston was in 1928

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“Neuston.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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