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periphyton

[puh-rif-i-ton] /pəˈrɪf ɪˌtɒn/
noun, Ecology
1.
the community of tiny organisms, as protozoans, hydras, insect larvae, and snails, that lives on the surfaces of rooted aquatic plants.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; probably peri- + Greek phŷton plant, -phyte, on the model of plankton
Related forms
periphytic
[per-uh-fit-ik] /ˌpɛr əˈfɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for periphyton
  • For example, a periphyton model was built to examine the interactive relationship between periphyton and phosphorus.
  • periphyton is a complex mixture of algae, microbes, and detritus that creates a thick mat on the ground of the prairies.
  • Also included in this year's report is a discussion of the role of periphyton as basic nutrition for wildlife food webs.
British Dictionary definitions for periphyton

periphyton

/pəˈrɪfɪˌtɒn/
noun
1.
aquatic organisms, such as certain algae, that live attached to rocks or other surfaces
Word Origin
C20: from Greek, from peri- + phutos, from phuein to grow
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