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Friday, May 13, 2016

Definitions for trophic

  1. of or relating to nutrition; concerned in nutritive processes.

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Citations for trophic
He charted the foraging grounds, the potential nest holes, the roosts and flyways across the valley; he identified the mated pairs within the flock and noted the species' strong affinity for wax palms ... and surmised a trophic relationship. Ben Fountain, "Near-Extinct Birds of the Central Cordillera," Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, 2006
Filter feeding organisms are vital components of marine food webs, and their demise could mean severe threats to numerous trophic levels, and perhaps to the humans who rely on these species as a source of food. Carla Safina and Jessica Perelman, "Pesky plastic: The true harm of microplastics in the oceans," National Geographic, April 4, 2016
Origin of trophic
1870-1875
Trophic finds its roots in the Greek trophikós meaning "pertaining to food." It entered English in the late 1800s.
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