electric eel


Definition of electric eel

: 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

Examples of electric eel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ridiculous 15-minute scene also involved puppeteers who made an electric eel appear to speak. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 27 May 2022 Scientists now know the electrochemical reactions between dissimilar materials that Volta discovered have nothing to do with the way an electric eel generates its electricity. Timothy J. Jorgensen, The Conversation, 9 May 2022 The post included a throwaway line about how the aquarium vets also had the lowdown on how to give an electric eel an MRI. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2021 Neon art flickers on the walls like electric eels swimming in the distance. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, 30 Jan. 2020 Scientists recently discovered a species of electric eel lurking in the waters of the Amazon that can generate a greater electrical discharge than any other known animal Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia contributed to this article. Fox News, 18 Sep. 2019 In September, a study in the journal Nature Communications concluded that the electric eel should be divided into three separate species. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 6 Dec. 2019 Chattanooga: Visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium may be shocked to learn that an electric eel named Miguel Wattson is lighting up a Christmas tree. USA TODAY, 5 Dec. 2019 Kevin Liska, director of the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, said a Christmas tree’s lights have been wired to the tank of an electric eel named Miguel Wattson to power the decorations, which flash brighter as the eel searches for food and eats. Arkansas Online, 5 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of electric eel

1774, in the meaning defined above

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“Electric eel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electric%20eel. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition of electric eel

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

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Medical Definition of electric eel

: 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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