pleuston

noun
pleus·​ton | \ ˈplü-stən How to pronounce pleuston (audio) , -ˌstän \

Definition of pleuston

: organisms living in the thin surface layer existing at the air-water interface of a body of water

Other Words from pleuston

pleustonic \ plü-​ˈstä-​nik How to pronounce pleuston (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of pleuston

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pleuston

International Scientific Vocabulary pleus- (irregular from Greek plein to sail, float) + -on (as in plankton)

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Cite this Entry

“Pleuston.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleuston. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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