krill

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Kavanagh said Norway is the biggest fisher of krill, which is used for human health supplements and feed for aquariums and salmon farms. Nick Perry, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Oct. 2022 Kavanagh said Norway is the biggest fisher of krill, which is used for human health supplements and feed for aquariums and salmon farms. Nick Perry, ajc, 27 Oct. 2022 Some hope the group could make progress on other agenda items, including new rules on krill fishing and reaching agreement on fishing for valuable Antarctic toothfish, marketed as Chilean sea bass. Nick Perry, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Oct. 2022 Males spend two months incubating their egg on their feet while females feed on krill and squid in the sea. Dino Grandoni, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Oct. 2022 Researchers studying fin whales in the Antarctic were astonished to observe 150 of the creatures eating krill near Elephant Island — a welcome sight after they were almost hunted to extinction decades ago. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 14 July 2022 The nearly 200-ton whales will eat four tons of krill a day. Janelle Davis, CNN, 9 July 2022 To better understand the movements of trillions of copepods, krill and other elusive migrators, this summer Benoit-Bird and her colleagues will return to sea. Katherine Harmon Courage, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2022 Bathyteuthis squid can be found worldwide and typically feed on krill. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Norwegian kril fry of fish

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of krill was in 1907

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“Krill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/krill. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

krill

noun

: small crustaceans and their larvae that make up plankton and form a major food of baleen whales

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