animal electricity


Definition of animal electricity

: electricity generated in the bodies of animals (as through friction) specifically : electricity generated by specially adapted organs of some fishes (as the electric eel) and apparently used chiefly in attack or defense

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First Known Use of animal electricity

1765, in the meaning defined above

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“Animal electricity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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