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krill

[ kril ]
/ krɪl /
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noun, plural krill.

any of the small, pelagic, shrimplike crustaceans of the family Euphausiidae, eaten as food by certain whales.

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Origin of krill

First recorded in 1905–10, krill is from the Norwegian word kril young fry (of fish)
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British Dictionary definitions for krill

krill
/ (krɪl) /

noun plural krill

any small shrimplike marine crustacean of the order Euphausiacea : the principal food of whalebone whales

Word Origin for krill

C20: from Norwegian kril young fish
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Scientific definitions for krill

krill
[ krĭl ]

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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