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See also: foodchain
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- The feeding relationships between species in a biotic community.
- (idiomatic) A hierarchy.
- With my promotion this month I will continue my steady journey to the top of the food chain.
Because the concept of the food chain implies a feeding hierarchy proceeding upwards to a top predator, modern ecologists usually prefer the term food web, since that term allows for a more complicated system of interactions.
feeding relationship between species
idiomatic: a hierarchy