planktonic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From plankton +‎ -ic, after German planktonisch.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

planktonic (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to plankton.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 146:
      Tiny shells of planktonic animals rain down from the surface waters of the ocean on to the deep sea-floor.
  2. Floating in the open sea rather than living on the seafloor.

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