Definition of krill in English:

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Pronunciation: /kril/


A small shrimplike planktonic crustacean of the open seas. It is eaten by a number of larger animals, notably the baleen whales.
  • Meganyctiphanes norvegica, class Malacostraca.
Example sentences
  • 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 'young fry of fish'.

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Syllabification: krill

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