periphyton [puh-rif-i-ton] Word Origin noun Ecology.
- the community of tiny organisms, as protozoans, hydras, insect larvae, and snails, that lives on the surfaces of rooted aquatic plants.
Origin of periphyton 1940–45; probably+ Greek phŷton plant, , on the model of Related formsper·i·phyt·ic [per-uh-fit-ik] /ˌpɛr əˈfɪt ɪk/, adjective British Dictionary definitions for periphytic periphyton noun
- aquatic organisms, such as certain algae, that live attached to rocks or other surfaces
Word Origin for periphyton C20: from Greek, from peri- + phutos, from phuein to grow