- 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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The film features a pair of lively Antarctic krill among its main characters.
I brought Mrs. Krill round and then left her with the kid, and walked off to Southampton.
Mrs. Krill asked me about the brooch, and wanted it, so I said I'd get it back.
I wanted to buy it for Mrs. Krill, but Beecot would not sell it.
Mrs. Krill wanted it, but I never knew it was of any particular importance.
Evidently the captain had told him all he knew, and appeared to be innocent of Krill's death.
- any small shrimplike marine crustacean of the order Euphausiacea : the principal food of whalebone whales
C20: from Norwegian kril young fish
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Word Origin and History for krill
1907, from Norwegian kril "small fry of fish."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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