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filter feeding

Syllabification: fil·ter feed·ing

Definition of filter feeding in English:

noun

Zoology
(Of an aquatic animal) feeding by filtering out plankton or nutrients suspended in the water.
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-feed

1
verb
Example sentences
  • However, it should be noted that these different site-specific growth rates may also be related to increased time to filter-feed for the mussels situated in the low zone.
  • Some are parasitic, notably the leeches and myzostomarians; others filter-feed or prey on other invertebrates.
  • Some, in particular the basket stars, filter-feed on plankton with their arms.

filter feeder

2
noun
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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