food web


Definition of food web

: the totality of interacting food chains in an ecological community

Examples of food web in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her work involves cultivating life in the tank, like microbes and phytoplankton, which are the base of the oceanic food web. Matt Simon, Wired, 26 Oct. 2021 All Alaska gardeners know leaves are broken down by the soil food web. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Sep. 2021 That’s what conservationists say about the ability of native and wildlife gardens to fix the food web. Ure Ori Okike, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Aug. 2021 The birds are gull-shaped but goose-sized, and cast an intimidating shadow on the Southern Ocean food web. Jake Buehler, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2021 Loud noise can flat out kill zooplankton, tiny creatures that help support the global marine-food web. Marguerite Holloway, The New Yorker, 31 Aug. 2021 This breakdown of the food web has triggered what environmental experts call a global mass extinction event. Ure Ori Okike, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Aug. 2021 Scientists are studying how the goby might give back to the food web; the fish are credited with reviving the Lake Erie water snake population. Morgan Greene,, 30 July 2021 Just as a sea turtle might choke on a big piece of plastic like a shopping bag, so too might small animals, like the planktonic creatures that make up the base of the oceanic food web, have their digestive systems clogged with tiny plastics. Matt Simon, Wired, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of food web

1932, in the meaning defined above

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“Food web.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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: the whole group of interacting food chains in a community

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