(Cookery) an eel split and grilled or fried. Compare spatchcock
[C16: of unknown origin; see spatchcock]
1. an eel that is split, cut into pieces, and broiled or fried.v.t.
2. to split, cut up, and broil or fry (an eel).
3. to treat severely.
[1590–1600; orig. obscure]