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free-swim·ming

(frē′swĭm′ĭng)
adj.
Able to swim freely; not sessile or attached: free-swimming oyster larvae.

free′-swim′mer n.
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free-swimming

adj
(Zoology) (of aquatic animals or larvae) not sessile or attached to any object and therefore able to swim freely in the water
ˌfree-ˈswimmer n
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free′-swim′ming



adj.
(of aquatic organisms) not attached to a base or joined in a colony; capable of swimming about freely.
[1890–95]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.free-swimming - (of animals) able to swim about; not attached
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
vagile - having freedom to move about; "vagile aquatic animals"
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