phy·​to·​plank·​ter ˌfī-tō-ˈplaŋ(k)-tər How to pronounce phytoplankter (audio)
: a planktonic plant

Word History


phyto- + plankter, after zooplankter

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phytoplankter was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

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

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