Definition of filter-feeding in English:

filter-feeding

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adjective

Zoology
  • (Of an aquatic animal) feeding by filtering out plankton or nutrients suspended in the water.
    More example sentences
    • The current can make diving difficult but also acts as a conveyor-belt, supplying all those filter-feeding creatures with food.
    • Positively associated with these differences are differences in growth rate and abundance of filter-feeding invertebrates (mussels, barnacles).
    • Unlike filter-feeding ducks, which raise self-feeding chicks, lesser flamingos must feed their young for the first ten to twelve weeks of their lives.

Derivatives

filter-feeder

noun
More example sentences
  • Tadpoles tend to school, and be filter-feeders.
  • Because they are filter-feeders, pollutants in the water will accumulate in the tissue of mussels until they reach a toxic level killing the organism.
  • Alternatively, it may simply have been adapted as a wading filter-feeder on rocky or uneven bottoms.

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