plankton NOUN small and microscopic organisms living in the sea or fresh water, consisting chiefly of diatoms, protozoans, and small crustaceans.
DERIVATIVES planktic adjective planktonic adjective.
ORIGIN from Greek planktos 'wandering' , from plazein 'wander' .

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