[ el-ver ]
/ ˈɛl vər /


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

Words nearby elver

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

/ (ˈɛlvə) /


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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