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meroplankton

[ mer-uh-plangk-tuhn ]
/ ˌmɛr əˈplæŋk tən /
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noun
a floating mass of eggs and larvae of organisms that are nektonic or benthic in their adult stage; temporary plankton.
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Origin of meroplankton

First recorded in 1905–10; from mero- + plankton
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British Dictionary definitions for meroplankton

meroplankton
/ (ˌmɛrəʊˈplæŋktən) /

noun
plankton consisting of organisms at a certain stage of their life cycles, esp larvae, the other stages not being spent as part of the plankton communityCompare holoplankton
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