filter feeder

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search
See also: filter-feeder


Alternative forms[edit]

Polyodon spathula, a filter feeder


filter feeder (plural filter feeders)

  1. (biology) Any aquatic animal that obtains nourishment by filtering particles of food from the water in which it lives.
    • 2015, Theo Tait, ‘Don't wear yum-yum yellow’, London Review of Books, vol. 34 no. 15:
      The best-protected species are the big, peaceful filter feeders, the basking shark and particularly the whale shark, with its photogenic polka dots and mysterious long-range migration patterns.

Derived terms[edit]