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[kril]
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noun, plural krill.
  1. 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)
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  • I brought Mrs. Krill round and then left her with the kid, and walked off to Southampton.

    The Opal Serpent

    Fergus Hume

  • Mrs. Krill asked me about the brooch, and wanted it, so I said I'd get it back.

    The Opal Serpent

    Fergus Hume

  • I wanted to buy it for Mrs. Krill, but Beecot would not sell it.

    The Opal Serpent

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  • Mrs. Krill wanted it, but I never knew it was of any particular importance.

    The Opal Serpent

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  • Evidently the captain had told him all he knew, and appeared to be innocent of Krill's death.

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    Fergus Hume


British Dictionary definitions for krill

krill

noun plural krill
  1. 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

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

krill in Science

krill

[krĭl]
  1. 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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