krill

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An Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba.

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

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krill (plural krill)

  1. any of several small marine crustacean species of plankton in the order Euphausiacea in the class Malacostraca.

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