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electric eel

noun

Simple Definition of electric eel

  • : a long, thin South American fish that is able to give a severe electric shock

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of electric eel

  1. :  a large eel-shaped fish (Electrophorus electricus) of the Orinoco and Amazon basins that is capable of giving a severe shock with its electric organs

1794

First Known Use of electric eel

1794


ELECTRIC EEL Defined for Kids

electric eel

noun

Definition of electric eel for Students

  1. :  a large South American eel-shaped fish with organs that can give an electric shock




Medical Dictionary

electric eel

noun

Medical Definition of electric eel

  1. :  a large eel-shaped bony fish (Electrophorus electricus of the family Electrophoridae) of the Orinoco and Amazon basins that is capable of giving a severe shock with electricity generated by a special tract of tissue




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