free-swimming

[ free-swim-ing ]
/ ˈfriˈswɪm ɪŋ /
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adjective Zoology.

(of aquatic organisms) not attached to a base nor joined in a colony; capable of swimming about freely.

Origin of free-swimming

First recorded in 1890–95
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free-swimming


adjective

(of aquatic animals or larvae) not sessile or attached to any object and therefore able to swim freely in the water
Derived Formsfree-swimmer, noun
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