electric eel


noun

an eellike, freshwater fish, Electrophorus electricus, found in the Amazon and Orinoco rivers and tributaries, sometimes over 6 feet (1.8 meters) long, capable of emitting strong electric discharges.

Nearby words

  1. electric constant,
  2. electric current,
  3. electric dipole moment,
  4. electric discharge,
  5. electric displacement,
  6. electric eye,
  7. electric field,
  8. electric field intensity,
  9. electric field strength,
  10. electric fire

Origin of electric eel

First recorded in 1785–95

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British Dictionary definitions for electric eel

electric eel

noun

an eel-like freshwater cyprinoid fish, Electrophorus electricus, of N South America, having electric organs in the body: family Electrophoridae
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