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Meaning of electric eel

elec'tric eel'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. 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.
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