a young eel, especially one that is migrating up a stream from the ocean.

Origin of elver

1630–40; variant of ellfare, literally, eel-journey. See eel, fare
Also called glass eel.
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British Dictionary definitions for elver



a young eel, esp one migrating up a river from the seaSee also leptocephalus

Word Origin for elver

C17: variant of eelfare migration of young eels, literally: eel-journey; see eel, fare
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Word Origin and History for elver

"young eel," 1640s, variant of eelfare (1530s), literally "passage of young eels up a river;" see eel + fare.

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