- a floating mass of eggs and larvae of organisms that are nektonic or benthic in their adult stage; temporary plankton.
Origin of meroplankton
1905–10; back formation from meroplanktonic; see mero-, planktonic
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- 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