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food web

n.
A complex of interrelated food chains.
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food web

n
(Environmental Science) a combination of food chains that integrate to form a network
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n.
the entirety of interrelated food chains in an ecological community.
[1960–65]
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food web

A group of interrelated food chains in a particular ecological community.
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food web

A mesh of interlinked food chains.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.food web - (ecology) a community of organisms where there are several interrelated food chainsfood web - (ecology) a community of organisms where there are several interrelated food chains
bionomics, environmental science, ecology - the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment
organic phenomenon - (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
food chain - (ecology) a community of organisms where each member is eaten in turn by another member
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The tiny shrimp-like creatures are one of the most important in the Antarctic food web, eaten by species ranging from blue whales to Adelie, emperor and king penguins, elephant and fur seals and albatrosses.
On its own, Nagelkerken and his colleagues found, carbon dioxide benefited all three layers of the food web. Algae grew faster, providing more food for the invertebrates.
We predicted the relative proportion of endothermic taxa in a food web would be negatively correlated with mean food chain length (MFCL).

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