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[kril] /krɪl/
noun, plural krill.
any of the small, pelagic, shrimplike crustaceans of the family Euphausiidae, eaten as food by certain whales.
Origin of krill
First recorded in 1905-10, krill is from the Norwegian word kril young fry (of fish) Unabridged
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  • "The death was caused by strangulation," said Mrs. krill, in hard tones.

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  • If the name of krill gets into the papers there will be great trouble.

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  • Paul had no scruples in learning all he could from Mrs. krill.

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  • "Of course not," put in Mrs. krill, ironically, with another look at his dress.

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  • I brought Mrs. krill round and then left her with the kid, and walked off to Southampton.

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British Dictionary definitions for krill


noun (pl) krill
any small shrimplike marine crustacean of the order Euphausiacea: the principal food of whalebone whales
Word Origin
C20: from Norwegian kril young fish
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Word Origin and History for krill

1907, from Norwegian kril "small fry of fish."

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krill in Science
Small crustaceans that float in the ocean in huge numbers and are one of the most important parts of zooplankton. Krill are the main food of baleen whales.
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