Origin of plankton
Examples from the Web for planktonic
Planktonic forms, in fact, proved to be the most sensitive indicators of the presence of radioactivity in the marine environment.Atoms, Nature, and Man|Neal O. Hines
But in all probability the planktonic larva rests on the sea-bottom little if at all before metamorphosing.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)|David Starr Jordan
British Dictionary definitions for planktonic
Word Origin for plankton
Word Origin and History for planktonic
1891, from German Plankton (1887), coined by German physiologist Viktor Hensen (1835-1924) from Greek plankton, neuter of planktos "wandering, drifting," verbal adjective from plazesthai "to wander, drift," from plazein "to drive astray," from PIE root *plak- (2) "to strike, hit" (see plague (n.)). Related: Planktonic.