krill

noun \ 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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Origin and Etymology of krill

Norwegian kril fry of fish


KRILL Defined for English Language Learners

krill

noun

Definition of krill for English Language Learners

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


KRILL Defined for Kids

krill

noun \ ˈkril \

Definition of krill for Students

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

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