pleuston

[ ploo-stuhn, -ston ]

nounBiology.
  1. a buoyant mat of weeds, algae, and associated organisms that floats on or near the surface of a lake, river, or other body of fresh water.

Origin of pleuston

1
First recorded in 1905–10; from German Pleuston, from Greek pleûs(is) “a sailing” (from pleîn “to sail, go by sea”) + -ton, on the model of nekton, plankton

Other words from pleuston

  • pleus·ton·ic [ploo-ston-ik], /pluˈstɒn ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby pleuston

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British Dictionary definitions for pleuston

pleuston

/ (ˈpluːstən, -stɒn) /


noun
  1. a mass of small organisms, esp algae, floating at the surface of shallow pools

Origin of pleuston

1
C20: from Greek pleusis sailing, from plein to sail; for form, compare plankton

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