Eel meaning

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Any of an order (Anguilliformes) of bony fishes with long, slippery, snakelike bodies and no pelvic fins.
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Any of various other snakelike fishes, including the electric eel and lamprey.
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Any freshwater or marine fish of the order Anguilliformes, which are elongated and resemble snakes.
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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.
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Any of several similar fishes, such as the lamprey and electric eel.
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The European eel, Anguilla anguilla.
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To fish for eels.
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To move with a sinuous motion like that of an eel.
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Origin of eel

  • Middle English ele from Old English ǣl

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English ele, from Old English ǣl (“eel”), from Proto-Germanic *ēlaz (“eel”). Cognate with West Frisian iel (“eel”), Dutch aal (“eel”), German Aal (“eel”), Swedish and Danish ål (“eel”).

    From Wiktionary