phytoplankton

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From phyto- +‎ plankton. From Ancient Greek φυτόν (phutón, plant) + πλαγκτόν (planktón), neuter of πλαγκτός (planktós, wandering). However, they are no longer classified as plants, so the terminology is showing a historical meaning.

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phytoplankton (uncountable)

  1. plankton which obtain energy by photosynthesis

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