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Glossaries of Terms

Sometimes difficult words can make science seem like a foreign language. If you have trouble understanding the meaning of a word, a definition may be available in one of our glossaries. The glossaries are created and maintained by scientists, so the definitions are specific to the scientific subject associated with the glossary.



Glossary of Crustacean Terms

Check the crustacean glossary for definitions of terms used in our articles and elsewhere.

Glossary of Minimum Flows and Levels Terms

This section explains terms you might encounter when reading about minimum flows and levels.

Glossary of Aquatic Vegetation Terms

Do you need a definition? Try our glossary of aquatic vegetation-related terms.


FWC Facts:
The bowfin, or mudfish, is a ‘living fossil’ and is the only freshwater fish with a gular bone, a bony plate on the exterior of the lower jaw between the two jawbones.

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