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free-swimming Line breaks: free-swimming

Definition of free-swimming in English:


(Of an aquatic animal) not attached to an object or substrate and able to swim freely.
Example sentences
  • The eggs of most frogs hatch into aquatic, free-swimming larvae, commonly known as tadpoles.
  • These are miniature jaw-like structures that come from a free-swimming worm-like animal, actually more closely related to fishes than to any of the other invertebrates.
  • There are more than a thousand described species of golden algae, most of them free-swimming and unicellular, but there are filamentous and colonial forms.

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