neus·ton (nstŏn, ny-)
The collection of microscopic and small organisms that inhabit the region on or just below the surface of a body of water.
[Greek neuston, neuter of neustos, swimming, from nein, to swim; see (s)nāu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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