[ lep-tuh-sef-uh-luhs ]

noun,plural lep·to·ceph·a·li [lep-tuh-sef-uh-lahy]. /ˌlɛp təˈsɛf əˌlaɪ/.
  1. a colorless, transparent, flattened larva, especially of certain eels and ocean fishes.

Origin of leptocephalus

From New Latin, dating back to 1760–70; see origin at lepto-, -cephalous

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/ (ˌlɛptəʊˈsɛfələs) /

nounplural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
  1. the slender transparent oceanic larva of eels of the genus Anguilla that migrates from its hatching ground in the Caribbean to European freshwater habitats

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