eelpout

noun
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

Examples of eelpout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Second, eelpout are aggressive beneath the ice, especially after dark. Dr. Jason Halfen, Outdoor Life, "5 Fish You Might Not Have Caught Through The Ice But Should," 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, "Fat burbot: MN man sets record for biggest eelpout. (That’s a fish.)," 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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23 May 2020

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“Eelpout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eelpout. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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