the larger, aquatic, free-swimming animal life having movements that are largely independent of currents and waves, including squids, fishes, and whales
Origin of nektonGerman from Classical Greek n?kton, neuter of n?ktos, swimming from n?chein, to swim: see natant
The collection of marine and freshwater organisms that can swim freely and are generally independent of currents, ranging in size from microscopic organisms to whales.
Origin of nektonGreek nēkton neuter of nēktos swimming from nēkhein to swim ; see snā- in Indo-European roots.
- (zoology) A generic term for organisms in the ocean that are capable of swimming independently of currents.
Coined in 1890 by Ernst Haeckel, from Greek Î½Î·ÎºÏ„ÏŒÎ½ (nÄ“ktÃ³n), "the swimming". (See Wikipedia.)