[ploo-stuh n, -ston]
- 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
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- of or relating to pleuston
- denoting a marine organism held at the surface of the water by a float, such as the Portuguese man-of-war
- a mass of small organisms, esp algae, floating at the surface of shallow pools
C20: from Greek pleusis sailing, from plein to sail; for form, compare plankton