- the aggregate of animal or animallike organisms in plankton, as protozoans.
Origin of zooplankton
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- 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
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- 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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