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zooplankton

[zoh-uh-plangk-tuh n]
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noun
  1. the aggregate of animal or animallike organisms in plankton, as protozoans.
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Origin of zooplankton

First recorded in 1900–05; zoo- + plankton
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British Dictionary definitions for zooplankton

zooplankton

noun
  1. the animal constituent of plankton, which consists mainly of small crustaceans and fish larvaeCompare phytoplankton
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Word Origin and History for zooplankton

n.

1901, from comb. form of Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo) + plankton.

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zooplankton in Science

zooplankton

[zō′ə-plăngktən]
  1. Plankton that consists of tiny animals, such as rotifers, copepods, and krill, and of microorganisms once classified as animals, such as dinoflagellates and other protozoans.
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