electric eel

noun
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of electric eel

1774


ELECTRIC EEL Defined for English Language Learners

electric eel

noun

Definition of electric eel for English Language Learners

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


ELECTRIC EEL Defined for Kids

electric eel

noun

Definition of electric eel for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

electric eel

noun

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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