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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A succession of organisms in an ecological community that are linked to each other through the transfer of energy and nutrients, beginning with an autotrophic organism such as a plant and continuing with each organism being consumed by one higher in the chain.
  • noun Informal A competitive hierarchy.

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  • noun The feeding relationships between species in a biotic community.
  • noun idiomatic a hierarchy

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  • noun (ecology) a community of organisms where each member is eaten in turn by another member

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