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

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Recent Examples on the Web Neon art flickers on the walls like electric eels swimming in the distance. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The beer hall Fort Point Valencia: A very San Francisco brand of bar food," 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, "Is this China's 'Loch Ness monster'? Footage goes viral," 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, "This Electric Eel Is Shocking Around the Christmas Tree," 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, "Eel-powered tree, skateboard safety, red light on herring: News from around our 50 states," 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, "In the news," 5 Dec. 2019 In an unlikely turn of events, this week’s award for Most Christmas Spirit goes to Miguel Wattson, an electric eel at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "This Electric Eel Can Light Up A Christmas Tree, and It's Pure Christmas Magic," 5 Dec. 2019 While 250 species of fish in South America generate electricity, only electric eels use it to stun prey and for self-protection. Fox News, "World’s most powerful electric eel discovered, can generate 860-volt shock," 12 Sep. 2019 Researchers at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History revealed that electric eels in the Amazon basin belong to three species. Fox News, "World’s most powerful electric eel discovered, can generate 860-volt shock," 12 Sep. 2019

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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 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of electric eel

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

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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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