- any of numerous elongated, snakelike marine or freshwater fishes of the order Apodes, having no ventral fins.
- any of several similar but unrelated fishes, as the lamprey.
Origin of eel
Examples from the Web for eel
Contemporary Examples of eel
Today, Eel Pie Island is home to a mellower bunch: retirees, artists, and the like.
These are just a few of the famous visitors to Eel Pie Island, a centuries-old refuge for musicians, hippies, and writers.
There are literally restaurants that focus entirely on a single ingredient, like eel for example.Fresh Picks
August 11, 2009
Historical Examples of eel
I struggled like an eel caught in a net, but it was all in vain.My Double Life
Why, what makes you stand twisting there like an eel or an ape, child?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
The boy had grabbed the fishing-rod, so that my rod and my eel went with them.
So I took my fishing-rod and flicked it at him, and there—I had caught the eel after all!
It proved so for a while, and there Jeff pulled in his first eel.
- any teleost fish of the order Apodes (or Anguilliformes), such as the European freshwater species Anguilla anguilla, having a long snakelike body, a smooth slimy skin, and reduced fins
- any of various other animals with a long body and smooth skin, such as the mud eel and the electric eel
- an evasive or untrustworthy person
Word Origin for eel
Old English æl, from Proto-Germanic *ælaz (cf. Old Frisian -el, Middle Dutch ael, Dutch aal, Old Saxon and Old High German al, German Aal, Old Norse all), of unknown origin, with no certain cognates outside Germanic. Used figuratively for slipperiness from at least 1520s.
see slippery as an eel.