electric eel

noun

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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Plants and animals featured in the exhibit include: Venus fly traps, pitcher plants, the panther chameleon, naked mole rats, leaf-cutter ants, electric eels, and the giant Pacific octopus, among others. Megan Becka, cleveland.com, "Akron Zoo to host 'Why So Curious' events in February," 24 Jan. 2018 The electrocytes of an electric eel are large and flat, with hundreds stacked together horizontally. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Electric Eels Inspire A New Type of Battery," 17 Jan. 2018 The organ within the electric eel is a series of ionized tissue layers that can produce an electric charge when excited. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Electric Eel-Inspired Generators Could Keep Artificial Organs Alive in Humans," 13 Dec. 2017 But even now, the electric eel isn’t done inspiring scientists. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "A New Kind of Soft Battery, Inspired by the Electric Eel," 13 Dec. 2017 Essentially, that would turn humans into something closer to an electric eel. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "A New Kind of Soft Battery, Inspired by the Electric Eel," 13 Dec. 2017 Most people would do everything possible to avoid getting zapped by an electric eel. National Geographic, "See a Biologist Brave Eel Shocks in the Name of Science," 14 Sep. 2017 Few people would consider willingly getting shocked by an electric eel, but one bold biologist subjected himself repeatedly to the zaps in the name of science. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "How Strong Is a Zap From an Electric Eel? Shockingly Strong," 18 Sep. 2017 These shocks were nearly ten times as powerful as a taser, and electric eels can get much larger in size with even more powerful shocks that can be lethal to animals. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "How Strong Is a Zap From an Electric Eel? Shockingly Strong," 18 Sep. 2017

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electric eel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of electric eel

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

electric eel

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Kids Definition of electric eel

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

electric eel

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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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