eel·​pout | \ ˈēl-ˌpau̇t How to pronounce eelpout (audio) \

Definition of eelpout

1 : any of various elongate tapered marine fishes (family Zoarcidae) usually living on the bottom of cold seas
2 : burbot

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Recent Examples on the Web Bad Medicine's eelpout dwell at depths of 30 to 40 feet during winter days. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, 14 Jan. 2021 Second, eelpout are aggressive beneath the ice, especially after dark. Dr. Jason Halfen, Outdoor Life, 2 Jan. 2020 All are apt descriptions for a 19-pound, 11-ounce eelpout (aka burbot, aka lawyer, lingcod, cusk and a host of other unbecoming nicknames) caught by Brent Getzler of Roosevelt. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, 5 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of eelpout

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Eelpout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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