electric eel

/əˌlɛktrɪk ˈil/ (say uh.lektrik 'eel)

1. (plural electric eel or electric eels) any of several eel-like freshwater fish, especially Electrophorus electricus, of northern South America, having the power of giving strong electric discharges.
2. a mechanically driven, rotating, cutting device for cleaning blocked drainage pipes; sewermat.
Usage: For variation in the plural inflection for def. 1, see note at fish1.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Electric eel — Electric E*lec tric ([ e]*l[e^]k tr[i^]k), Electrical E*lec tric*al ([ e]*l[e^]k tr[i^]*kal), a. [L. electrum amber, a mixed metal, Gr. h lektron; akin to hle ktwr the beaming sun, cf. Skr. arc to beam, shine: cf. F. [ e]lectrique. The name came… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • electric eel — n. any of a family (Electrophoridae) of large, eel shaped cyprinoid fishes of N South America, having special organs that can give severe electric shocks …   English World dictionary

  • electric eel — n 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 …   Medical dictionary

  • electric eel — ► NOUN ▪ a large eel like freshwater fish of South America, which uses pulses of electricity to kill prey, assist in navigation, and for defence …   English terms dictionary

  • Electric eel — Taxobox name = Electric eel image width = 240px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Osteichthyes ordo = Gymnotiformes familia = Gymnotidae genus = Electrophorus species = E. electricus binomial = Electrophorus electricus binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • electric eel — an eellike, freshwater fish, Electrophorus electricus, found in the Amazon and Orinoco rivers and tributaries, sometimes over 6 ft. (1.8 m) long, capable of emitting strong electric discharges. [1785 95] * * * Eel shaped South American fish… …   Universalium

  • electric eel — noun eel shaped freshwater fish of South America having electric organs in its body • Syn: ↑Electrophorus electric • Hypernyms: ↑cypriniform fish • Member Holonyms: ↑Electrophorus, ↑genus Electrophorus * * * noun, pl ⋯ eels [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • electric eel — elektrinis ungurys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Electrophorus electricus angl. electric eel rus. электрический угорь ryšiai: platesnis terminas – elektriniai unguriai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • Electric Eel — Electric Eels Electric Eels était un groupe de glam rock, précurseur du genre, et actif entre 1972 et 1975. Le groupe s est formé à Cleveland, Ohio, à une époque où le punk rock n était pas encore distingué en tant que style de musique, mais où… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • electric eel — elec′tric eel′ n. ich a long eel shaped South American freshwater fish, Electrophorus electricus, of the carp family, that can emit strong electric discharges • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

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