plankton

noun plank·ton \ ˈplaŋ(k)-tən , -ˌtän \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of plankton

: the passively floating or weakly swimming usually minute animal and plant life of a body of water

planktonic

play \plaŋ(k)-ˈtä-nik\ adjective

Examples of plankton in a Sentence

  1. fish that feed mainly on plankton

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Origin and Etymology of plankton

German, from Greek, neuter of planktos drifting, from plazesthai to wander, drift, middle voice of plazein to drive astray; akin to Latin plangere to strike — more at plaint


PLANKTON Defined for English Language Learners

plankton

noun

Definition of plankton for English Language Learners

  • : the very small animal and plant life in an ocean, lake, etc.


PLANKTON Defined for Kids

plankton

noun plank·ton \ ˈplaŋk-tən \

Definition of plankton for Students

: the tiny floating plants and animals of a body of water


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