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echolocation Line breaks: echo|loca¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˈɛkə(ʊ)lə(ʊ)ˌkeɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of echolocation in English:


[mass noun]
The location of objects by reflected sound, in particular that used by animals such as dolphins and bats.
Example sentences
  • Many odontocetes can navigate by echolocation, producing sound waves using a complex system of nasal sacs and passages, and using the echoes to navigate.
  • Like bats, dolphins use echolocation, an internal sonar system, to help them navigate, avoid predators and find food.
  • The rivers used by most platanistids are muddy, and these animals probably rely on echolocation more than vision to locate their prey.

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