Definitions

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

  • noun The collection of small marine crustaceans of the order Euphausiacea that are the principal food of baleen whales.

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  • noun any of several small marine crustacean species of plankton in the order Euphausiacea in the class Malacostraca

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  • noun shrimp-like planktonic crustaceans; major source of food for e.g. baleen whales

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Norwegian kril, young fry of fish.]

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From Dutch kriel ("puny/tiny"), applied to fish fry (in the sense of hatchlings); sometimes interpreted as "whale food".

Examples

  • Krill oil is an oil extracted from shrimp-like crustaceans called krill.

    The Debate Over Men And Omega-3

  • Their definition of forage fish includes fishes, squids, and the shrimp-like crustaceans called krill that swarm in cold waters where they feed everything from seabirds to whales.

    Carl Safina: Seabirds: The Other Seafood Lovers

  • Antarctica was the antithesis of the jungle or the rain forest, where everything burgeoned and mutated and thousands of species and tens of thousands of * A krill is a small, shrimplike marine crustacean and a vital constituent of the Antarctic food chain.

    Terra Incognita

  • The sex lives of the ocean-dwelling crustaceans known as krill have been largely a mystery.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Their definition of forage fish includes fishes, squids, and the shrimp-like crustaceans called krill that swarm in cold waters where they feed everything from seabirds to whales.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Krill oil is an oil extracted from shrimp-like crustaceans called krill.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Asper says about a half-dozen dead shrimp-like creatures known as krill were atop a sample taken two miles south of the well - but there's no way to tell whether oil killed them.

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  • Asper says about a half-dozen dead shrimp-like creatures known as krill were atop a sample taken two miles south of the well - but there's no way to tell whether oil killed them.

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  • Asper says about a half-dozen dead shrimp-like creatures known as krill were atop a sample taken two miles south of the well - but there's no way to tell whether oil killed them.

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  • The whales feed on small sea creatures known as krill, which in turn eat microscopic marine algae.

    Greenpeace UK - Comments

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  • Apparently there's been a large increase in the commercial krill catch in recent years. Licensed to krill?

    March 6, 2009