Definitions for: Plankton


[n] the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water



Webster (1913) Definition: Plank"ton (pl[a^][ng]k"t[o^]n), n. [NL., fr. Gr.
plagto`n, neut. of plagto`s wandering, pla`zesqai to wander.]
(Biol.)
All the animals and plants, taken collectively, which live at
or near the surface of salt or fresh waters. --
Plank*ton"ic, a.

See Also: aggregate, being, congeries, conglomeration, copepod, copepod crustacean, organism, phytoplankton, zooplankton

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