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:
1960–65

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food web
 
n
a combination of food chains that integrate to form a network

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food web  
See under food chain.
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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.
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