Definition of bottom feeder in English:

bottom feeder

Syllabification: bot·tom feed·er


  • 1An aquatic creature that feeds at the bottom of a body of water.
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    • These fish are primarily bottom feeders and are aided in food finding by sensitive sensory papillae on their lips.
    • Some swellsharks are sluggish bottom feeders that prey on dead or sleeping fish or crustaceans.
    • For the most part cryptically marked bottom feeders, many clinids change color near spawning time.
  • 2North American informal Someone who profits from things cast off or left over by others.
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    • In effect, the company has been taken over by its bankers who have signalled that they are not always prepared to sell off ailing investments for a pittance to the bottom feeders now gorging themselves on the corpses of failed companies.
    • Question is: will the mobile operator launch with a Vodafone Lite brand - or trawl for bottom feeders with a virtual mobile operator in tow?
    • His was a bottom feeder bargain basement operation.

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