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eel

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noun \ˈēl\

Simple Definition of eel

  • : a long fish that looks like a snake and has smooth slippery skin

Full Definition of eel

  1. 1 a :  any of numerous voracious elongate snakelike bony fishes (order Anguilliformes) that have a smooth slimy skin, lack pelvic fins, and have the median fins confluent around the tail — compare american eel b :  any of numerous other elongate fishes (as of the order Synbranchiformes)

  2. 2 :  any of various nematodes (as the vinegar eel)

eel·like play \ˈēl-ˌlīk\ adjective
eely play \ˈē-lē\ adjective

Illustration of eel

Origin of eel

Middle English ele, from Old English ǣl; akin to Old High German āl eel


First Known Use: before 12th century



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