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meroplankton

[mer-uh-plangk-tuh n] /ˌmɛr əˈplæŋk tən/
noun
1.
a floating mass of eggs and larvae of organisms that are nektonic or benthic in their adult stage; temporary plankton.
Origin of meroplankton
1905-1910
1905-10; back formation from meroplanktonic; see mero-, planktonic
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British Dictionary definitions for meroplankton

meroplankton

/ˌmɛrəʊˈplæŋktən/
noun
1.
plankton consisting of organisms at a certain stage of their life cycles, esp larvae, the other stages not being spent as part of the plankton community Compare holoplankton
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