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.
- eellike, adjective
- eely, adjective
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How to use eel in a sentence
TSA airport inspectors have found cannonballs and eels and rocket launchers.
It can grow like some vast underwater reef, with eels hiding in the shadows.
In the wrestling show audience, “couples curled their pale legs together like eels.”
The engine boy having fixed the safety-valve while he fished for eels, caused an explosion of the boiler.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
The water that was used to quench the fire being pumped into the river Idria, all the fish died excepting the eels.St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 | Various
Is found underneath stones at the bottom of rivers and brooks, and also amongst gravel; it is a good bait for Trout and Eels.The Teesdale Angler | R Lakeland
The water is alive with them, churning and threshing over one another like a pot full of eels.Round the Wonderful World | G. E. Mitton
Clams afforded a further help, the people treading and digging the flats at low tide, while eels and crabs supplemented this.William Bradford of Plymouth | Albert Hale Plumb
British Dictionary definitions for 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
- eel-like, adjective
- eely, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with eel
see slippery as an eel.
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