Definition of krill in English:


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Pronunciation: /krɪl

noun (plural same)

  • A small shrimp-like planktonic crustacean of the open seas. It is eaten by a number of larger animals, notably the baleen whales.
    • Many species in the class Malacostraca, especially Meganyctiphanes norvegica
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    • Frazer determined that sea ice algae were the main food source of larval krill during winter.
    • The acid is found in organisms, including sardines and krill that eat the algae and that are in turn eaten by the squid.
    • But in years of no sea ice, what krill the researchers found were significantly larger.


early 20th century: from Norwegian kril 'small fish fry'.

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