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filter feeding

noun
1.
(zoology) a method of feeding occurring in some aquatic animals, such as planktonic invertebrates and whalebone whales, in which minute food particles are filtered from the surrounding water
Derived Forms
filter feeder, noun
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in zoology, a form of food procurement in which food particles or small organisms are randomly strained from water. Filter feeding is found primarily among the small- to medium-sized invertebrates but occurs in a few large vertebrates (e.g., flamingos, baleen whales).

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