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neuston

PRONUNCIATION:
(NOO-ston, NYOO-)

MEANING:
noun: The aggregate of minute aquatic organisms that inhabit the surface of a body of water.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek neuston (swimming), from nein to (swim).

USAGE:
"In the 1970s, when [Jacques Cousteau] joined Soviet scientists studying neuston, minute organisms in the upper layers of the ocean, the researchers could not get clean samples."
Marlise Simons; Jacques Cousteau's Righteous Crusade; The New York Times; Feb 13, 1994.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -John Kenneth Galbraith, economist (1908-2006)

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