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food web

noun, Ecology
a series of organisms related by predator-prey and consumer-resource interactions; the entirety of interrelated food chains in an ecological community.
Also called food cycle.
Origin of food web
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for food web
  • Thank you ancient food web and geological processes for concentrating that energy.
  • But big fish in deeper waters might also be affected if entire species were lost at the bottom of the food web.
  • They are not part of the natural food web and don't belong out there on their own.
  • Mosquitos serve a valuable function in the food web.
  • Phytoplankton make up the chlorophyll-bearing canopy at the base of the marine food web.
  • In its jaws was the missing link, in the food web, or one of them anyway.
  • It's a critical link in a food web that's on the verge of collapse.
  • In a parasite-conscious food web, the larger predators are prey for small-bodied parasites.
  • All populations in this ecosystem are interdependent and part of a global food web.
  • Use the information in the food web to answer the questions that follow.
British Dictionary definitions for food web

food web

a combination of food chains that integrate to form a network
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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food web in Science
food web  
See under food chain.
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