food chain


Definition of food chain

1 : an arrangement of the organisms of an ecological community according to the order of predation in which each uses the next usually lower member as a food source
2 : a hierarchy based on power or importance at the top of the corporate food chain

First Known Use of food chain

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of food chain was in 1920

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“Food chain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of food chain

: a series of types of living things in which each one uses the next lower member of the series as a source of food

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Kids Definition of food chain

: a sequence of organisms in which each depends on the next and usually lower member as a source of food

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