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n.1.(Zool.) A genus of South American fresh-water fishes, including the Gymnotus electricus, or electric eel. It has a greenish, eel-like body, and is possessed of electric power.
One fearful shock, fearful but momentary, like that from the electric blow of the gymnotus.
- De Quincey.
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Growth and first sexual maturation size of Gymnotus carapo (Linnaeus, 1758) in the Lobo reservoir (State of Sao Paulo, Brazil) (Pisces, Gymnotidae).
An electric fish - Gymnotus omarorum - goes by the common name Omars' banded knifefish.
When the anatomist John Hunter published his dissections of the torpedo and gymnotus fish (in 1773 and 1775), the anatomical organs for transmitting electricity were laid open.