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 n&emacron;kton, neuter of n&emacron;ktos, swimming, from n&emacron;khein, to swim; see sna- 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.)