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[kril] /krɪl/
noun, plural krill.
any of the small, pelagic, shrimplike crustaceans of the family Euphausiidae, eaten as food by certain whales.
Origin of krill
1905-10; < Norwegian kril young fry (of fish) Unabridged
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noun (pl) krill
any small shrimplike marine crustacean of the order Euphausiacea: the principal food of whalebone whales
Word Origin
C20: from Norwegian kril young fish
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Word Origin and History for krill

1907, from Norwegian kril "small fry of fish."

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krill in Science
Small crustaceans that float in the ocean in huge numbers and are one of the most important parts of zooplankton. Krill are the main food of baleen whales.
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