from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A succession of organisms in an ecological community that constitutes a continuation of food energy from one organism to another as each consumes a lower member and in turn is preyed upon by a higher member.
- n. Informal A competitive hierarchy: "was reduced to character roles while struggling to defend his position in the Hollywood food chain” ( Kathryn Shattuck).
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- n. The feeding relationships between species in a biotic community.
- n. a hierarchy
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- n. (ecology) a community of organisms where each member is eaten in turn by another member
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