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eel

 (ēl)
n. pl. eel or eels
1. Any of various long, snakelike, scaleless marine or freshwater fishes of the order Anguilliformes that lack pelvic fins and characteristically migrate from fresh water to salt water to spawn.
2. Any of several similar fishes, such as the lamprey and electric eel.

[Middle English ele, from Old English ǣl.]

eel

(iːl)
n
1. (Animals) any teleost fish of the order Apodes (or Anguilliformes), such as the European freshwater species Anguilla anguilla, having a long snakelike body, a smooth slimy skin, and reduced fins
2. (Animals) any of various other animals with a long body and smooth skin, such as the mud eel and the electric eel
3. an evasive or untrustworthy person
[Old English ǣl; related to Old Frisian ēl, Old Norse āll, Old High German āl]
ˈeel-ˌlike adj
ˈeely adj

eel

(il)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) eel, (esp. for kinds or species) eels.
1. any of numerous elongated, snakelike marine or freshwater fishes of the order Apodes, having no ventral fins.
2. any of several similar but unrelated fishes, as the lamprey.
[before 1000; Middle English ele, Old English ēl, ǣl; c. Old Frisian ēl, Old Saxon, Old High German āl, Old Norse āll]
eel′like, adj.
eel′y, adj.

eel

(ēl)
1. Any of various fish having long, snake-like bodies without scales. Eels typically migrate from fresh to salt water to spawn.
2. Any of several similar fish, such as the lamprey.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eel - the fatty flesh of eeleel - the fatty flesh of eel; an elongate fish found in fresh water in Europe and America; large eels are usually smoked or pickled
common eel, freshwater eel - eels that live in fresh water as adults but return to sea to spawn; found in Europe and America; marketed both fresh and smoked
fish - the flesh of fish used as food; "in Japan most fish is eaten raw"; "after the scare about foot-and-mouth disease a lot of people started eating fish instead of meat"; "they have a chef who specializes in fish"
smoked eel - eel cured by smoking
elver - young eel; may be sauteed or batter-fried
2.eel - voracious snakelike marine or freshwater fishes with smooth slimy usually scaleless skin and having a continuous vertical fin but no ventral fins
malacopterygian, soft-finned fish - any fish of the superorder Malacopterygii
Anguilliformes, order Anguilliformes, order Apodes - elongate fishes with pelvic fins and girdle absent or reduced
elver - young eel
common eel, freshwater eel - eels that live in fresh water as adults but return to sea to spawn; found in Europe and America; marketed both fresh and smoked
Anguilla sucklandii, tuna - New Zealand eel
moray, moray eel - family of brightly colored voracious eels of warm coastal waters; generally nonaggressive to humans but larger species are dangerous if provoked
conger, conger eel - large dark-colored scaleless marine eel found in temperate and tropical coastal waters; some used for food

eel

noun
Related words
adjective anguilliform
young elver, grig
Translations
أنْقَليس، حَنْكَليسأنْكَليس
змиорка
úhoř
ål
angilo
ankeriasankeriaskala
jegulja
angolna
belut
áll
ウナギ
뱀장어
anguilla
ungurys
zutis
jegulja
jeguljaugor
ål
mkunga
ปลาไหล
вугор
cá chìnhcon lươn

eel

[iːl] Nanguila f

eel

[ˈiːl] nanguille f

eel

nAal m ? slippery

eel

[iːl] nanguilla

eel

(iːl) noun
a kind of fish with a long smooth cylindrical or ribbon-shaped body.

eel

أنْكَليس úhoř ål Aal χέλι anguila ankerias anguille jegulja anguilla ウナギ 뱀장어 paling ål węgorz enguia угорь ål ปลาไหล yılan balığı con lươn
References in classic literature ?
The woman proved to be cross and bad-tempered, perhaps because she had only caught one red eel during all the day.
A few minutes later they returned, carrying poor Pinocchio, who was wriggling and squirming like an eel and crying pitifully:
But look, Queequeg, ain't that a live eel in your bowl?
Or, my juvenile friends," says Chadband, descending to the level of their comprehension with a very obtrusive demonstration in his greasily meek smile of coming a long way downstairs for the purpose, "if the master of this house was to go forth into the city and there see an eel, and was to come back, and was to call unto him the mistress of this house, and was to say, 'Sarah, rejoice with me, for I have seen an elephant
Mugridge went down on the fore-hatch under three men; but he emerged from the mass like an eel, bleeding at the mouth, the offending shirt ripped into tatters, and sprang for the main-rigging.
Go to that table, and make haste and take a seat," said the prince, and turning away he carefully took a plate of eel soup.
I used to wriggle along in a most unseemly fashion, like an eel, continually moving aside to make way for generals, for officers of the guards and the hussars, or for ladies.
I'm Ben Gunn, I am," replied the maroon, wriggling like an eel in his embarrassment.
You are old,' said the youth, `one would hardly suppose That your eye was as steady as ever; Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose-- What made you so awfully clever?
He made a grab at the boy who glided off like an eel.
For the messenger kept skipping up and down, and wriggling like an eel, as he came along, with his great hands spread out like fans on each side.
After having my hands in it for only a few minutes, my fingers felt like eels, and began, as it were, to serpentine and spiralize.