elver

noun

el·​ver ˈel-vər How to pronounce elver (audio)
: a young eel
specifically : a small immature catadromous eel chiefly of fresh and brackish water

Examples of elver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company spends two years growing each new class of elvers into processable adults. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 17 June 2024 Hence their nickname, glass eels, also known as elvers. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 17 June 2024 The elvers were selling for a little less than $1,200 per pound as of Wednesday. Patrick Whittle, Fortune, 2 May 2024 Maine is the only American state that allows commercial-scale fishing of elvers. Patrick Whittle, Fortune, 2 May 2024 Catching the elvers is difficult and involves setting up large nets in Maine’s cold rivers and streams at pre-dawn hours. Patrick Whittle, Fortune, 15 Mar. 2024 Catching the elvers is difficult and involves setting up large nets in Maine's cold rivers and streams at pre-dawn hours. Patrick Whittle, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2024 The eel fishing season happens every spring and Maine is the only U.S. state with a significant, legal fishery for elvers. Patrick Whittle, Quartz, 5 Feb. 2024 The elvers have again been worth more than $2,000 per pound at the docks this year, according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Patrick Whittle, BostonGlobe.com, 30 May 2023

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Word History

Etymology

alteration of eelfare migration of eels

First Known Use

circa 1640, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of elver was circa 1640

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“Elver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elver. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

elver

noun
el·​ver ˈel-vər How to pronounce elver (audio)
: a young eel

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