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neuston

[noo-ston, nyoo-] /ˈnu stɒn, ˈnyu-/
noun
1.
the aggregate of minute aquatic organisms that float or swim in the surface film of a body of water.
Origin of neuston
1925-1930
1925-30; < German; noun use of neuter of Greek neustós swimming, verbid of neîn to swim
Related forms
neustic, neustonic
[noo-ston-ik, nyoo-] /nuˈstɒn ɪk, nyu-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for neustonic

neuston

/ˈnjuːstən/
noun
1.
organisms, similar to plankton, that float on the surface film of open water
2.
the ecosystem of the surface film of open water in which such organisms as copepods graze on tiny flagellates, bacteria, etc
Derived Forms
neustonic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: via German from Greek neustos swimming, from nein to swim
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