Definition of krill in English:

Share this entry


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.
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 'small fish fry'.

Words that rhyme with krill

bill, Brazil, brill, Camille, chill, cookchill, dill, distil (US distill), downhill, drill, Edgehill, Estoril, fill, freewill, frill, fulfil (US fulfill), Gill, goodwill, grill, grille, hill, ill, instil, kill, mil, mill, nil, Phil, pill, quadrille, quill, rill, Seville, shill, shrill, sill, skill, spadille, spill, squill, still, stock-still, swill, thill, thrill, till, trill, twill, until, uphill, will

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: krill

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.