[ eel ]
/ il /
noun, plural (especially collectively) eel, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) eels.
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.
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Origin of eel
before 1000; Middle English ele, Old English ēl, ǣl; cognate with Dutch aal, German Aal, Old Norse āll
Related formseel·like, adjectiveeel·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for eely
/ (iːl) /
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
Derived Formseel-like, adjectiveeely, adjective
Word Origin for eel
Old English ǣl; related to Old Frisian ēl, Old Norse āll, Old High German āl
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Idioms and Phrases with eely
see slippery as an eel.
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