zoo·​plank·​ton | \ ˌzō-ə-ˈplaŋ(k)-tən How to pronounce zooplankton (audio) , -ˌtän \

Definition of zooplankton

: plankton composed of animals

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Other Words from zooplankton

zooplanktonic \ ˌzō-​ə-​ˌplaŋ(k)-​ˈtä-​nik How to pronounce zooplankton (audio) \ adjective

Examples of zooplankton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some zooplankton, such as rotifers, have a complex sharing arrangement that is still being sorted out (at least by us; the rotifers seem perfectly clear on the matter). John Staddon, National Review, 20 May 2021 Zooplankton abounded—about 1,500 of them per liter—all swimming about, gobbling up algae. Without a healthy crop of diatoms to support the zooplankton’s winter feeding frenzy, the lake’s productivity for the rest of the year would suffer. Tim Folger, National Geographic, 17 Nov. 2020 This is unlike the paternal paddlefish who feed on various zooplankton. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 28 July 2020 Methylmercury journeys up the food chain from phytoplankton and zooplankton to fish and humans. New York Times, 7 May 2020 But the hippos haven't yet impacted the quantity or variety of invertebrates or zooplankton. National Geographic, 31 Jan. 2020 Warm waters can also cause zooplankton, essential fish food, to decline. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, 28 Feb. 2019 Fry-sized gamefish also rely on zooplankton for their food and can be wiped out by dense concentrations of carp, according to biologists with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Frank Sargeant, al, 22 Jan. 2020 But as the distribution of copepods, the zooplankton that are the whales’ main food source, shifted north, so too did the whales. Nick Hawkins, National Geographic, 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of zooplankton

1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zooplankton

zoo- + plankton

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“Zooplankton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zooplankton. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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