hemiplankton

[hem-i-plangk-tuh n]

noun

plankton that spend part of their life cycle in a vegetative state on the sea bottom, riverbed, etc. (opposed to holoplankton).

Origin of hemiplankton

Related formshem·i·plank·ton·ic [hem-ee-plangk-ton-ik] /ˌhɛm i plæŋkˈtɒn ɪk/, adjective
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