pe·​riph·​y·​ton | \pə-ˈri-fə-ˌtän \

Definition of periphyton 

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

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periphytic \ˌper-​ə-​ˈfi-​tik \ adjective

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Lack of freshwater has caused periphyton, which forms the basis of the marsh food chain, to collapse in some places. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Vast reservoir is key to state Everglades plan. Federal concerns could derail it," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of periphyton

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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