\ˈkril \

Definition of krill 

: planktonic crustaceans and their larvae (order or suborder Euphausiacea and especially genus Euphausia) that constitute the principal food of baleen whales

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The blurs of bobbing pink necks are distinctly woodpecker-like in their chaotic, slurp-tastic quest for krill. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Many sites with acres of krill are drawing in the salmon, whales and marine birds. Tom Stienstra,, "Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns," 8 July 2018 Common practice has been to consume them via a hunk of salmon or supplements derived from fish or krill. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "Remote Texas algae farm grows a food for the future," 27 June 2018 Anglers countered by trolling on the edge of the krill balls, with the best bite 100 feet deep. Tom Stienstra,, "Salmon season opens with limit catches for just about everyone," 18 June 2018 These animals live exclusively in the cold waters of the far north, filtering minute krill out of the water for food and using their massive skulls to blast through sea ice up to two feet thick in order to create breathing holes. The Economist, "Whaling in Alaska," 14 June 2018 Despite their small size, krill can cover hundreds of meters, easily crossing the layers present in surface waters. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Tiny krill appear to mix up the ocean," 20 Apr. 2018 But some later lost their teeth, developing plates of bristle-like baleen in their mouths that’s used to filter small prey such as krill from the water. National Geographic, "Prehistoric Toothless Whale Among Oldest of Its Kind," 19 Apr. 2018 In the ocean, much larger krill gather by the millions in swarms up to hundreds of meters long for daily upward migrations as long as a kilometer. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Tiny shrimp may be mixing ocean water as much as the wind and waves," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of krill

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for krill

Norwegian kril fry of fish

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English Language Learners Definition of krill

: very small creatures in the ocean that are the main food of some whales


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Kids Definition of krill

: tiny floating sea animals that resemble shrimp and are a chief food source of some whales

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