vinegar eel

noun

: a minute free-living nematode worm (Turbatrix aceti) often found in great numbers in acidic vegetable or vegetable-derived fermenting matter (such as unpasteurized vinegar)

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vinegar eel was circa 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Vinegar eel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vinegar%20eel. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

vinegar eel

noun
: a tiny nematode worm often found in vinegar that has not been pasteurized or other fermenting vegetable substances

Medical Definition

vinegar eel

noun
: a minute free-living nematode worm of the genus Turbatrix (T. aceti) often found in great numbers in acidic vegetable or vegetable-derived fermenting matter (as unpasteurized vinegar)
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