tripton

noun
trip·​ton | \ ˈtripˌtän, -ptən \
plural -s

Definition of tripton

: suspended nonliving debris (as bits of mineral matter or humus or organic remains) in a body of water — compare plankton, seston

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History and Etymology for tripton

German, from Greek, neuter of triptos rubbed, ground, verbal of tribein to rub

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“Tripton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tripton. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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