zooplankton

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

Definition of zooplankton

: plankton composed of animals

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 And the adventurous zooplankton are not alone in the nightly commute. Katherine Harmon Courage, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2022 So animals such as crabs, clams and some zooplankton must expend more energy to create and maintain their shells and skeletons, Perotti says. Gina Rich, Washington Post, 18 Aug. 2022 During the day vulnerable zooplankton hide from predators such as squid and fish in the dark depths. Katherine Harmon Courage, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2022 But the zooplankton that adult right whales eat does not grow much in these places. Lela Nargi, Washington Post, 4 July 2022 With fewer zooplankton, freshwater ecosystems are more prone to harsh algae blooms that affect water quality. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Mar. 2022 This is unlike the paternal paddlefish who feed on various zooplankton. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 5 Apr. 2022 Even at thresholds of sodium chloride that were considered safe, researchers found a significant loss of zooplankton populations and an increase in algae, per Science Alert. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Mar. 2022 This is unlike the paternal paddlefish who feed on various zooplankton. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

8 Sep 2022

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“Zooplankton.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zooplankton. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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