food web

noun Ecology.

a series of organisms related by predator-prey and consumer-resource interactions; the entirety of interrelated food chains in an ecological community.

Nearby words

  1. food stamp,
  2. food stylist,
  3. food truck,
  4. food vacuole,
  5. food vessel,
  6. food-gathering,
  7. foodaholic,
  8. foodie,
  9. foodstuff,
  10. foofaraw

Origin of food web

First recorded in 1960–65

Also called food cycle. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for food web

food web


a combination of food chains that integrate to form a network
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Science definitions for food web

food web

See under food chain.
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