electric eel

electric eel
noun Date: 1794 a large eel-shaped fish (Electrophorus electricus) of the Orinoco and Amazon basins that is capable of giving a severe shock with its electric organs

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  • Electric eel — Electric E*lec tric ([ e]*l[e^]k tr[i^]k), Electrical E*lec tric*al ([ e]*l[e^]k tr[i^]*kal), a. [L. electrum amber, a mixed metal, Gr. h lektron; akin to hle ktwr the beaming sun, cf. Skr. arc to beam, shine: cf. F. [ e]lectrique. The name came… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • electric eel — n. any of a family (Electrophoridae) of large, eel shaped cyprinoid fishes of N South America, having special organs that can give severe electric shocks …   English World dictionary

  • electric eel — n a large eel shaped bony fish (Electrophorus electricus of the family Electrophoridae) of the Orinoco and Amazon basins that is capable of giving a severe shock with electricity generated by a special tract of tissue …   Medical dictionary

  • electric eel — ► NOUN ▪ a large eel like freshwater fish of South America, which uses pulses of electricity to kill prey, assist in navigation, and for defence …   English terms dictionary

  • Electric eel — Taxobox name = Electric eel image width = 240px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Osteichthyes ordo = Gymnotiformes familia = Gymnotidae genus = Electrophorus species = E. electricus binomial = Electrophorus electricus binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • electric eel — an eellike, freshwater fish, Electrophorus electricus, found in the Amazon and Orinoco rivers and tributaries, sometimes over 6 ft. (1.8 m) long, capable of emitting strong electric discharges. [1785 95] * * * Eel shaped South American fish… …   Universalium

  • electric eel — noun eel shaped freshwater fish of South America having electric organs in its body • Syn: ↑Electrophorus electric • Hypernyms: ↑cypriniform fish • Member Holonyms: ↑Electrophorus, ↑genus Electrophorus * * * noun, pl ⋯ eels [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • electric eel — /əˌlɛktrɪk ˈil/ (say uh.lektrik eel) noun 1. (plural electric eel or electric eels) any of several eel like freshwater fish, especially Electrophorus electricus, of northern South America, having the power of giving strong electric discharges. 2 …   Australian English dictionary

  • electric eel — elektrinis ungurys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Electrophorus electricus angl. electric eel rus. электрический угорь ryšiai: platesnis terminas – elektriniai unguriai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • Electric Eel — Electric Eels Electric Eels était un groupe de glam rock, précurseur du genre, et actif entre 1972 et 1975. Le groupe s est formé à Cleveland, Ohio, à une époque où le punk rock n était pas encore distingué en tant que style de musique, mais où… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • electric eel — elec′tric eel′ n. ich a long eel shaped South American freshwater fish, Electrophorus electricus, of the carp family, that can emit strong electric discharges • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

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