filter feeder
noun Date: 1928 an animal (as a clam or baleen whale) that obtains its food by filtering organic matter or minute organisms from a current of water that passes through some part of its system

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  • filter feeder — n. an animal that feeds by filtering small organisms or food particles from the water or air, as a clam, baleen whale, or sponge …   English World dictionary

  • Filter feeder — [ left|thumb|200px|Krill feeding under high phytoplankton concentration (slowed down by a factor of 12).] Filter feeders (also known as suspension feeders) are animals that feed by straining suspended matter and food particles from water,… …   Wikipedia

  • filter feeder — noun : an animal that obtains its food by filtering organic matter or minute organisms from a current of water that passes through some part of its system * * * an aquatic animal that feeds on particles or small organisms strained out of water by …   Useful english dictionary

  • filter-feeder — filˈter feeder noun An aquatic animal that filters its food from the water • • • Main Entry: ↑filter …   Useful english dictionary

  • filter feeder — /ˈfɪltə fidə/ (say filtuh feeduh) noun an organism that feeds by filtering particulate organic material from water. Also, suspension feeder …   Australian English dictionary

  • filter-feeder — noun Any marine or freshwater animal that derives nutrition from the surrounding water by setting up its own current so that the water passes through a filter like structure, trapping organic particles …   Wiktionary

  • filter feeder — a fish that obtains small particles of food (plankton) by filtering them out of the water, usually with numerous, elongate and fine gill rakers, e.g. megamouth shark …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • filter feeder — An animal that feeds on small particles which it filters from the surrounding medium …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • filter feeder — an aquatic animal that feeds on particles or small organisms strained out of water by circulating them through its system: includes most of the stationary feeders, as clams, oysters, barnacles, corals, sea squirts, and sponges. [1925 30] * * * …   Universalium

  • filter feeder — noun Any aquatic animal that obtains nourishment by filtering particles of food from the water in which it lives …   Wiktionary

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