Eelfare Eel"fare`, n. [Eel + fare a journey or passage.] (Zo["o]l.) A brood of eels. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

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  • eelfare — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: eel (I) + fare (journey) : the migration of young eels up a stream * * * eelˈfare noun 1. (OE faran to travel) a migratory passage of young eels 2. A brood of young eels …   Useful english dictionary

  • elver — noun Etymology: alteration of eelfare migration of eels Date: circa 1640 a young eel; specifically a small immature catadromous eel chiefly of fresh and brackish water …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • elver — “young eel,” 1640s, variant of eelfare (1530s), lit. “passage of young eels up a river;” see EEL (Cf. eel) + FARE (Cf. fare) …   Etymology dictionary

  • elver — [el′vər] n. [for eelfare, the passage of young eels up a stream] a young eel, esp. a young freshwater eel that has migrated from saltwater, where it first develops by metamorphosis from a larva …   English World dictionary

  • el|ver — «EHL vuhr», noun. a young eel. ╂[variant of eelfare the passing of young eels up a stream < eel + obsolete fare journey] …   Useful english dictionary

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