Definition of zooplankton in English:

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zooplankton

Pronunciation: /ˈzōəˌplaNGktən/

noun

Biology
Plankton consisting of small animals and the immature stages of larger animals.
Example sentences
  • They typically eat insects and floating vegetable matter but their diet also includes zooplankton, aquatic insect larvae, and worms.
  • These species are small-bodied, cold water species that are generalist feeders on planktivorous zooplankton and benthic organisms.
  • Oil and gas was formed around 100 million years ago when tiny marine plants and animals called phytoplankton and zooplankton floated on the sea's surface.

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Syllabification: zo·o·plank·ton

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